Payola Bribery In The Record Business And Television
Payola involved the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, celebrity disc jockeys like Alan Freed and Dick Clark, and the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. American President Dwight Eisenhower asked his attorney general to look into the matter following revelations made by quiz show contestant Charles Van Doren. Van Doren claimed that he was fed answers when he became a winner on the popular quiz show "Twenty One". Payola investigations lasted for most of 1960, after radio and television stations were directed to send lists of their employees who had taken payola bribes in return for playing the songs published by individual record companies. The attrition cost many djs like Freed their jobs. Dick Clark was made to give up copyrights that he owned in music publishing. Clark also accepted the resignation of Tony Mammarella, his American Bandstand producer. A primary issue was the amount of authority which government agencies like the FTC and FCC were to be given over the broadcasting industry.
Lynne Baggett's name is obscure to all but the most avid Hollywood trivia buffs. She is most well known for her marriage to "On The Waterfront" producer, Sam Spiegel. Yet her life is important because of the questions it raises. Baggett was about thirty-five years old when she committed suicide in 1960. A car she borrowed from actor George…
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