On August 8, 1960, Decca Records in the UK destroyed 25,000 copies of Ray Peterson’s song “Tell Laura I Love Her”. The company said the song was “too tasteless and vulgar for British sensibilities”.
In 1970, singer Bessie Smith received a grave marker in Philadelphia 33 years after her death. Janis Joplin named Smith as one of her influences and purchased her grave marker.
In 1975, singer Hank Williams Jr. suffered a fatal head injury when he fell while climbing a mountain in southern Montana.
In 1982, Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas married Sarah Kendrick in San Francisco.
In 1986, singer David Crosby was paroled from a Texas prison. He was serving time on drug and weapons charges.
In 1992, Metallica singer James Hetfield was injured in an explosion on stage during a concert in Montreal. On that same show, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose lost his voice and cut his set short. Fans rioted when the concert ended early.
In 1996, singer Mel Torme (tor-MAY’) was hospitalized after a stroke left the left side of his body weakened and affected his speech.
In 1999, on two nights in a row, riots broke out in the parking lot outside the Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford, Connecticut. Police say people outside the show threw bottles and stones.
In 2001, actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorced after 11 years of marriage.
In 2004, a Dave Matthews Band bus driver dumped human waste from his bus into the Chicago River and onto a tour boat carrying over 100 passengers. The band later settled with the state of Illinois, and the driver pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and pollution charges.
In 2017, singer Glen Campbell, who battled Alzheimer’s disease, died in Nashville, Tennessee. he was 81 years old.
Birthdays today: Actor Nita Talbot is 92, actor Dustin Hoffman is 85, actor Connie Stevens is 84, Statler Brothers country singer Phil Baldsley is 83, and actor Larry Wilcox (“CHiPS”) is 75, actor Keith Carradine (“Madame Secretary”) and drummer Anton Figg (“The Late Show with David Letterman”) is 69. Actor Donnie Most (“Happy Days”) is 69 years old. 10,000 Maniacs keyboardist Dennis Drew is 65 years old. Actor-turned-investment banker Harry Crosby (“Friday the 13th”) is 64 years old. Newscaster Deborah Norville says she is 64 years old. U2 guitarist The Edge is 61 at her age. Poison drummer her Rikki Rockett is 61 years old. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is in his 60s. Creed singer Scott Stapp says he’s 49 years old. Country His singer Mark is 49 years old. Wills said he is 49 years old. Jimmy Eat World guitarist Tom Linton is 47 years old. “N Sync” singer JC Chazez (shah-ZAY) is 46 years old. Heroes”) is 46, singer Marsha Ambrosius (Flotley) is 45, actor Lindsay Sloan (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) is 45, actor The Countess (“The Parkers”) , “Moesha”) is 4 years old. 4. Actor Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) is 42 years old. Actor Megan Goode (“Think Like A Man”) is 41 years old. Portuguese guitarist Eric Hauk (HAWK) The Man is 41 years old. Actor Jackie Cruz (“Orange is the New Black”) is 38 years old. Actor Ken Bauman (“The Secret Life of an American Teenager”) is 25 years old. Singer Shawn Mendes is 24 years old. Actor Bebe Wood (“The Real” O’Neals”) is 21 years old.
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