April 3, 1959

On this day in 1959, the BBC banned The Coasters song ‘Charlie Brown’ due to its references to bad behaviour in school (writing on the wall, throwing spitballs.)

The ban is lifted two weeks later.

This Coaster’s song was written by songwriting team Leiber And Stoller who had made up the story of Charlie Brown, a kid who was always getting into trouble and wonders why everyone’s always picking on him. It has nothing to do with the character in The Peanuts comic strip.


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