This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast: 75 Records Banned By The BBC 1931-1957

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 20 Apr 2009

CAT No: FVTD018UPC TEXT: 5055311000183

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Writer Spencer Leigh has spent a considerable amount of time at the BBC’s Written Archives Centre in Caversham, researching the files of the Dance Policy Committee and related bodies to find the internal correspondence about records that were labelled “Not to be broadcast”. The results of his research, along with related input from a number of music collectors and aficionados, have been brought together in this collection, which gives a fascinating insight into the thinking of our national broadcaster and how it interpreted the social values of the time in deciding what we should hear.

As can be seen from the track listing, it encompasses a remarkable range of material, which variously transgresses the Committee’s often obtuse interpretation of the guidelines. The booklet makes this a real collector’s item, providing summaries of the reasons of the decisions, sometimes quoting from the relevant internal BBC memos.

This is the first time the subject has been dealt with in such depth, and will have a unique appeal.



  1. We Can't Let You Broadcast That (Norman Long)
  2. Minnie The Moocher (Cab Calloway)
  3. With My Little Ukelele In My Hand (George Formby )
  4. Radio Times (The BBC Dance Orchestra)
  5. Song Of India (Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra )
  6. She Had To Go And Lose It At The Astor (Johnny Messner)
  7. With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock (George Formby )
  8. Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday & Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra)
  9. House Of The Rising Sun (Josh White)
  10. God Bless The Child (Billie Holiday & Eddie Heywood & His Orchestra)
  11. The Story Of A Starry Night (Glenn Miller )
  12. Light A Candle In The Chapel (Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra)
  13. Deep In The Heart Of Texas (Bing Crosby )
  14. La Petite Tonkinoise (Josephine Baker)
  15. Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans (Noel Coward)
  16. Paper Doll (The Mills Brothers)
  17. Say A Prayer For The Boys Over There (Deanna Durbin )
  18. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Bing Crosby )
  19. The Blue Danube (Spike Jones & His City Slickers)
  20. Till The End Of Time (Perry Como)
  21. Rum And Coca-Cola (The Andrews Sisters)
  22. I’m Always Chasing Rainbows (Perry Como)
  23. The Cradle Song (Brahms’ Lullaby) (Frank Sinatra)
  24. The Christening (Arthur Askey)
  25. Sabre Dance (Woody Herman & His Orchestra)


  1. We Have To Be So Careful (The Beverley Sisters)
  2. A-Huggin’ And A-Chalkin’ (Johnny Mercer)
  3. The Foggy Foggy Dew (Peter Pears)
  4. Deck Of Cards (T Texas Tyler)
  5. I’m Nobody’s Baby (Frankie Howerd)
  6. Sixty Minute Man (Billy Ward And His Dominoes )
  7. It Is No Secret (Jo Stafford)
  8. Send Me To The ‘Lectric Chair (George Melly)
  9. I Went To Your Wedding (Spike Jones & His City Slickers)
  10. It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk (Kitty Wells)
  11. Answer Me (Frankie Laine)
  12. Crying In The Chapel (Lee Lawrence)
  13. Hank Janson Blues (Anne Shelton)
  14. The Devil Is A Woman (Herb Jeffries)
  15. Such A Night (Johnnie Ray)
  16. Hold My Hand (Don Cornell)
  17. My Friend (Eddie Fisher)
  18. Honey Love (Dennis Lotis)
  19. The Story Of Three Loves (Ray Martin)
  20. Cuddle Me (Dennis Lotis)
  21. Keep Me In Mind (Lita Roza )
  22. Sincerely (Liberace)
  23. Croce Di Oro (Cross Of Gold) (Joan Regan)
  24. I Heard The Angels Singing (Frankie Laine)
  25. Stranger In Paradise (The Four Aces)


  1. The Heel (Eartha Kitt)
  2. Main Title (from The Man With The Golden Arm) (Billy May And His Orchestra )
  3. Bewitched (Ella Fitzgerald )
  4. John And Marsha (Stan Freberg )
  5. Greensleeves (The Beverley Sisters)
  6. Walk Hand In Hand (Tony Martin )
  7. Love For Sale (Ella Fitzgerald)
  8. St. Therese Of The Roses (Malcolm Vaughan )
  9. Mack The Knife (Louis Armstrong)
  10. Woman Love (Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps)
  11. Diggin’ My Potatoes (Lonnie Donegan )
  12. Maggie May (Vipers Skiffle Group )
  13. Toll The Bell Easy (Les Hobeaux )
  14. The Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughan )
  15. A Rose And A Baby Ruth (George Hamilton IV)
  16. How Little We Know (Frank Sinatra)
  17. Burn My Candle (Shirley Bassey)
  18. This Silver Madonna (Kirk Stevens)
  19. Rock You Sinners (Art Baxter & His Rock 'n' Roll Sinners)
  20. The Sky (Petula Clark )
  21. Love Is Strange (Mickey And Sylvia)
  22. Honeycomb (Jimmie Rodgers )
  23. The Unbeliever (Guy Mitchell)
  24. A Rose And A Candy Bar (George Hamilton IV)
  25. The Old Dope Peddler (Tom Lehrer)