I was watching "Kayo Concert" the other night and it was down to a reduced guest list: Saburo Kitajima（北島三郎）, Sayuri Ishikawa（石川さゆり）, Hiromi Go（郷ひろみ）and Yoshimi Tendo（天童よしみ）. The theme for the evening was the debut singles for the four singers along with their more recent numbers.
Saburo Kitajima may have retired from the Kohaku Utagassen (the environmentalists must have celebrated knowing that there will no longer be trees sacrificed for all that confetti), but he was still finishing up the show on Tuesday. As requested, he performed his debut single from 1962, "Bungacha Bushi" (Bungacha Melody), but before he did, he gave a little background on the release of the song way back when. I couldn't quite get all of what he said but I did make out the part where he said that after the song was broadcast on TV 3 times, it was summarily banned from further televised performances. He didn't go into the reason behind its banishment.