This Week In Music History

Happy last day of November! The lights on the Boston Common are lit, the tree is up and the holidays are officially upon us in full swing. Here’s the last of your music history fix for November.

In 1999, Elton John really ruffled feathers when he appeared on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall performing “It’s A Sin” with six male dancers dressed up as Cub Scouts dancing around him and stripping off their uniforms throughout the performance. Officials from the Boy Scouts of America were certainly not amused by his creative interpretation of the scouts. Each of the dancers were 18 to 19 year old professional performers and were individually introduced to the audience by Elton John during the show. The uniforms worn by the dancers were those typically worn by real scouts ages 7 through 11. The dancers tripped down to reveal their underwear and kneel before Elton in obscene poses causing a major stir from child and family advocacy groups. The moral of the story here being ‘no actual Boy Scouts were hurt in the making of this show’. Calm down people.

Also in 1959, major music hell broke loose as the careers of at least 25 major deejays were put in jeopardy with the accusation of being involved in payola scandal. The National Association of Broadcasters proposed that radio jocks were accepting payment from record labels in order to spin certain songs and would be charged a $500 fine if found guilty as well as spend a year in prison. Major names were accused such as rock n roll’s namesake Alan Freed, as well as Dick Clark. While legally they were let off easy, Freed’s career never recovered. Let the record show I have and never will accept anything to play our music… that is unless anyone is offering? (Just kidding.)

Today also celebrates Dick Clark’s birthday. He would have been 83 years old.

By Alexandra Parker

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