1938Too Bad for Hitler
A Catholic archbishop in Iowa (!) denounces jazzy swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”.
Swing is popular from 1935-1945 along with ‘wild’ swing dancing.
Interestingly Swing was known as ‘degenerate art’ to foreign Nazis in Hitler Germany where the Hitler Youth closely observed the Swing Kids. 300 were arrested in 1941. The 1993 film Swing Kids explores the era.
Yep, that’s whiteface
In two legs (the first a success), it (and Scarlet Rivera‘s fine gypsy fiddling) lasts ’til May 25, 1976. As a souvenir of the tour, the great live album Hard Rain (US#14, UK#3) is released in September. Coffee Coffee (tour) Hard Rain Idiot Wind