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The Politicization of Music

October 15, 2015Article
PopZetter

Long before rockers like Aerosmith and Neil Young demanded Donald Trump stop using their music, another GOP politician ran into a disgruntled artist. Republican Barry Goldwater's presidential team adapted a song from the now-classic musical in 1964 to play before his campaign appearances.

Instead of "Hello Dolly" the song went, "Hello Barry," according to William Hochberg, a lawyer in the Los Angeles firm Greenberg Glusker. Only that didn't sit well with one of the musical's producers, a Democrat named David Merrick. The producer asked the Goldwater campaign to pull the song, and they did.

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