Love For Sale

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composition date
1930
genre
Show
songwriter(s)
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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