Monday, September 07, 2009

"Baby, Let's Play House"

"Baby, Let's Play House", written by Arthur Gunter, is a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1955 on the record label, Sun Records. It was on the fourth issue of a Presley record by Sun Records, and became the first song recorded by Elvis to appear on a national chart, when it made #5 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in July 1955. This song was part of the Beatles live repertoire from 1960-1962. A live recording of the Quarry Men performing the song at the Woolton Fete on July 6, 1957 -- the day John Lennon met Paul McCartney -- later surfaced (see below).

John Lennon used the line, "I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man," from this song for the opening line of the Beatles song, "Run for Your Life."

In the early 1990s, the Beatles' "Run for Your Life" was banned by a Toronto radio station for its misogynistic message. When the radio station was asked if it had also banned "Baby, Let's Play House," the program director confessed to not being familiar with the Presley song. Upon listening to it, however, the program director banned it as well.


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