Scanned and transcribed (by me) from SOUL Newspaper Vol. 10 No. 12, September 29, 1975. Photograph by Bruce Talamon. Article by unnamed staff writer.
Bandstand Bans Kendricks’ ‘Cream’
Eddie Kendricks’ latest Motown single, “Get the Cream Off the Top,” taken from his latest album, “Hit Man,” will not be played on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand television show.
ABC-TV’s Department of Broadcast Practices and Standards has blue penciled (banned) the tune because of its lyrics.
The song was turned over to ABC for clearance by Bandstand producer Judy Price, who initially listen to all songs submitted for airing.
"Any song that is drugs related, alcohol related, smoking (cigarettes) related or in any way sensuous has to be turned over to the network for clearance," Ms. Price said. "I found this record fell in one of those categories."
Pressed by SOUL as to which category, she replied “sensuous.” “However, she added, “I think we should be able to play everything.”
Tom Kersey, Director of the Department of Broadcast Practices and Standards, was asked what he found objectionable about the lyrics of the tune. Kersey stated, “I listened to the tune and found that it is not suitable for broadcast on American Bandstand.” He was also asked which category the tune fell in and he said “I have nothing further to say. This is my statement.” Kersey again answered the same when he was asked what lyrics in the song were objectionable.
Kendricks, through his public relations firm, expressed shock and dismay by ABC’s decision.
"I don’t think it’s suggestive (lyrics) at all or I wouldn’t have recorded it," Kendricks stated. "The cream off the top is the cream from milk which is the best part of it. I don’t understand it (ABC’s decision) because it’s a nice tune to dance to and not suggestive or sensuous at all."
Kendricks informed SOUL that there had been no problem with getting radio air play.
Kendricks tune joins a half dozen others banned by ABC including Major Harris’ “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” and Jim Stafford’s “I Got Stoned and I Missed It.”
[TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: lmfao/cornbread, why you gotta lie? Those not familiar with the track can hear it here.]
You found a clearer verson of the news story i posted about American Bandstand banning songs.