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Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 8/4/14 The Beatles Banned From US Airwaves

Central Press – Hulton Archive

(The Six O’Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)

We look back on a controversial day in Rock ‘n’ Roll history with today marking the 48th Anniversary of The Beatles being banned from U.S. radio airwaves. The ban came on the heels of the infamous, controversial remarks made by John Lennon, stating that the band was “more popular than Jesus”. The odd twist to the story is that the words were uttered to journalist Maureen Cleave in March 1966, and no backlash came when the quote was first published in the London Evening Standard. The outcries of the Christian community didn’t surface until the quote was published in American teen mag Datebook five months later. Not only was the band’s material banned from radio in the U.S., but also Mexico, South Africa, and Spain. All of this happened the day before The Beatles were set to embark on a U.S. Tour. Though the tour went on as scheduled, it wasn’t without incident. Plenty of pickets were staged, including some by the Ku Klux Klan.

Tonight, we play three songs from The Beatles’ 1966 Revolver LP for your Six O’Clock Triple Shot. Tune in for “Taxman”, “She Said She Said”, and “I’m Only Sleeping” only on 94.9 WMMQ!

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