Love For Sale

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Cole Porter

Banned on the radio

 “Love for Sale” was performed in the 1930 show The New Yorkers by Kathryn Crawford, who sang it under an awning of a smart club with a street sign identifying the location as Madison Avenue. The public and critics were aghast at the image of a prostitute on the Broadway stage—or maybe they were aghast at seeing a white woman playing a prostitute. For when the song was soon given to Elisabeth Welch under a street sign designating Harlem (with the name “The Cotton Club” painted on the awning), there were no further complaints. Nevertheless, the song was banned on the radio.

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