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In Britain the BBC banned the 1941 recording by Billie Holiday of the song “Gloomy Sunday”. It was not alone. The song, by various artists over the years has become known as “The Hungarian Suicide Song”
This is one verse from it.
“Sunday is gloomy,
My hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows
I live with are numberless
Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coaches
Sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thoughts
Of ever returning you
Wouldn’t they be angry
If I thought of joining you?
Radio stations from many countries have banned it because of its reputation. People have either quoted it in suicide notes or been found dead with a copy of the music in their hand or the record found on a player in their presence.
The song was composed by Hungarian Rezso Seres, based on a poem by Ladislas Javor, in 1933
Seress said, “I stand in the midst of this deadly success as an accused man. This fatal fame hurts me. I cried all of the disappointments of my heart into this song, and it seems that others with feelings like mine have found their own hurt in it.”
The New York Times, January 14, 1968
“Budapest, January 13. Rezsoe Seres, whose dirge-like song hit, “Gloomy Sunday” was blamed for touching off a wave of suicides during the nineteen-thirties, has ended his own life as a suicide it was learned today.
Authorities disclosed today that Mr. Seres jumped from a window of his small apartment here last Sunday, shortly after his 69th birthday.
Mr. Seres complained that the success of “Gloomy Sunday” actually increased his unhappiness, because he knew he would never be able to write a second hit.”
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
“Guitar Groups are out of fashion, Mr Epstein”.
Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles in 1962.