This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast Vol.2: 50 More Records Banned By The BBC

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 18 Jan 2010




"The entertainment value here is enormous" - 4/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

"50 examples of songs the BBC's Dance Music Policy of the 1950's deemed unsuitable" - UNCUT

CAT No: FVDD038UPC TEXT: 5055311000381

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It has often been reported that a record has been banned by the BBC but it was not until the release of the groundbreaking set, This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast, in 2008 that actual proof was given. The BBC never wanted to publicise its decisions, but using the BBC’s files, broadcaster Spencer Leigh compiled a 3CD set which showed not only what had been banned but also why the BBC found the tracks objectionable.

This Record Is Not To Be Broadcast was the subject of many media features and received excellent reviews, both from within the BBC and outside it! Now comes the second volume, another 50 more tracks, all banned by the BBC. George Formby’s mild innuendo was often objectionable, but Louis Prima’s Please No Squeeza De Banana and Tom Lehrer’s Be Prepared stood no chance. The collection includes songs about drugs (Fats Waller’s Reefer Man), political incorrectness (Lonnie Donegan’s Nobody Loves Like An Irishman), advertising (Cliff Richard’s High Class Baby and the Playmates’ Beep Beep), and “mutilation of the classics” (such as Perry Como’s Moonlight Love, which took it’s melody from Debussy).

The shock horror-rock of John Zacherle’s Dinner With Drac was considered despicable, but even Billy Fury’s plaintive My Christmas Prayer fell foul of the censors. Part of the fun is listening without reading the booklet and trying to guess why the tracks were banned. In 1959, the Kingston Trio’s Worried Man was banned because the BBC didn’t like the word “closet” being used for “cupboard”. They’d got to stop these Americanisms coming into our language! Many of the tracks are appearing on CD for the first time. As Spencer says, “I hope no broadcaster will get into trouble for playing them as it is by no means clear that the various bans have been lifted.”



  1. She Was Only A Postmaster’s Daughter (Durium Dance Band)
  2. Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer) (Bessie Smith)
  3. Peaceful Street (Ernest Butcher)
  4. When I'm Cleaning Windows (George Formby)
  5. Lili Marleen (Lale Andersen)
  6. Miss You (Bing Crosby)
  7. The Reefer Song (If You’re A Viper) (Fats Waller)
  8. Please No Squeeza Da Banana (Louis Prima & His Orchestra)
  9. One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart (Jimmy Wakely)
  10. Angels In The Sky (The Crew Cuts)
  11. Old Man Atom (Sons Of The Pioneers)
  12. Lovin' Machine (Wynonie Harris)
  13. In The Beginning (Frankie Laine)
  14. He (Al Hibbler)
  15. Honey Hush (Johnny Burnette Trio (Johnny, Dorsey & Paul))
  16. Moonlight Love (Perry Como)
  17. To Keep My Love Alive (Ella Fitzgerald)
  18. Ninety Nine Years (Dead Or Alive) (Guy Mitchell)
  19. You’ll Get Yours (Frank Sinatra)
  20. Somebody Up There Likes Me (Perry Como)
  21. A Russian Love Song (The Goons)
  22. I Leaned On A Man (Connie Francis)
  23. The Tommy Rot Story (Morris And Mitch)
  24. Hard Headed Woman (Elvis Presley)
  25. I Want To Be Evil (Eartha Kitt)


  1. The Mocking Bird (The Four Lads)
  2. Nobody Loves Like An Irishman (Lonnie Donegan)
  3. Baubles, Bangles And Beads (The Kirby Stone Four)
  4. Dinner With Drac (Part 1) (John Zacherle)
  5. Dinner With Drac (Part 2) (John Zacherle)
  6. High Class Baby (Cliff Richard & The Drifters)
  7. Lazy Mary (Lou Monte)
  8. Beep Beep (The Playmates)
  9. Be Prepared (Tom Lehrer)
  10. Little Star (The Elegants)
  11. Love Is (Alma Cogan)
  12. Guess Things Happen That Way (Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two)
  13. Ting Tong Tang (Ken Platt)
  14. Mighty Mighty Man (Bobby Darin)
  15. Whoa Buck (Whoa Back, Buck) (Lonnie Donegan)
  16. Charlie Brown (The Coasters)
  17. We Will All Go Together When We Go (Tom Lehrer)
  18. I’ve Come Of Age (Billy Storm)
  19. A Worried Man (The Kingston Trio)
  20. Danny Boy (Conway Twitty)
  21. The Test Of Time (Robert Earl)
  22. The Battle Of New Orleans (Johnny Horton)
  23. The Voice In My Heart (Eydie Gorme)
  24. The Shag (Is Totally Cool) (Billy Graves)
  25. Three Stars (Ruby Wright)
  26. A Christmas Prayer (Billy Fury)