In March 1972, the British music weekly Melody Maker
published a two-page article called "CENSORED
" which reported on a number of songs that had been banned - that the BBC, the official British government broadcasting body, had refused to play. Surprisingly, most of the article was devoted to a Paul McCartney composition, "Give Ireland Back To The Irish."
The song was written as a protest against Bloody Sunday, a notorious incident which took place in Northern Ireland on January 30 that year in which British troops shot dead a number of protesters. At the time of the Melody Maker
article the song was #23 in the paper's chart and #19 in the BBC chart but was banned as "unsuitable for broadcasting." The DJ Alan Freeman refused even to mention the song directly, and in his rundown of the Radio One chart referred to it only as "a song by a group called Wings."
Alexander Baron - London, England