This Day In Kixtory

63 years ago – In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dined with Hollywood elite, including Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra . . . then became furious when he was told that, for security reasons, he wouldn’t be allowed to visit Disneyland.

49 years ago – In 1973, America’s first TRUE “pirate radio” station, Free Radio America went on the air in international waters, a few miles off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.

41 years ago – In 1981, Art Garfunkel decided to let Paul Simon join him on stage for a free Simon & Garfunkel reunion concert in Central Park.  About 500,000 Art Garfunkel fans showed up and millions more watched on HBO.

37 years ago – In 1985, a U.S. Senate committee heard testimony on the labeling and rating of music with explicit lyrics.  It was initiated by the Parents Music Resource Center, led by Al Gore’s wife Tipper Gore.

The PMRC had made a list of the most objectionable songs.  Their “Filthy Fifteen” included Prince’s “Darling Nikki”, Sheena Easton’s “Sugar Walls”, Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, and Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop”.

The Senate committee heard testimony from Frank Zappa, John Denver and Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, who were opposed to music censorship.

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