The South African Broadcasting Corporation bans The Beatles’ music

12.00pm, Monday 8 August 1966 (47 years ago)

In the wake of John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus“, the South African Broadcasting Corporation issued a ban on The Beatles’ records.

The apartheid regime in the country considered the comments to be anti-religious. The ban lasted for five years, until The Beatles had broken up.

In subsequent years Lennon’s solo records remained banned by the corporation. Those by Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were permitted, however.

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