Today in History: Monday, August 8

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

On Aug. 8, 1960, Decca Records in Britain destroyed 25,000 copies of the song "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson. The company said the song was "too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility."

In 1970, singer Bessie Smith finally received a marker for her grave in Philadelphia, 33 years after her death. Janis Joplin cited Smith as one of her influences and bought the marker for the grave.

In 1975, singer Hank Williams Jr. suffered severe head injuries when he fell while mountain climbing in Montana. He returned to performing months later.

In 1982, singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship married Sara Kendrick in San Francisco.

In 1986, singer David Crosby was paroled from a Texas prison. He had been serving time for drug and weapons charges.

In 1992, Metallica singer James Hetfield was injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal. At that same show, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose lost his voice and cut short their set. Fans
rioted when the concert ended early.

In 1996, singer Mel Torme (tohr-MAY') was hospitalized after a stroke that left his left side weakened and affected his speech.

In 1999, violence broke out for the second night in a row in the parking lot outside a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford, Conn.
Police say people outside the show threw bottles and rocks.

In 2001, actor Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were divorced after 11 years of marriage.

In 2004, a bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band dumped human waste from the bus into the Chicago River and onto a tour boat carrying more than 100 passengers. The band later settled with the state of Illinois, and the driver plead guilty to reckless conduct and pollution charges.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Esther Williams is 90. Actor Richard Anderson ("The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Bionic Woman") is 85. Actress Nita Talbot is 81. Country singer Mel Tillis is 79. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 74. Actress Connie Stevens is 73. Country singer Phil Balsley of The Statler Brothers is 72. Actor Larry Wilcox ("CHiPS") is 64. Actor Keith Carradine is 62. Singer Airrion Love of The Stylistics is 62. Country singer Jamie O'Hara is 61. Actor Donny Most ("Happy Days") is 58. Keyboardist Dennis Drew of 10,000 Maniacs is 54. News anchor Deborah Norville is 53.

Guitarist The Edge of U2 is 50. Drummer Rikki Rockett of Poison is 50. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 49. Singer Scott Stapp of Creed is 38. Country singer Mark Wills is 38. Guitarist Tom Linton of Jimmy Eat
World is 36. Singer J.C. Chasez (shah-ZAY') of 'N Sync is 35.
Singer Drew Lachey (lah-SHAY') of 98 Degrees is 35. Singer Marsha
Ambrosius (Floetry) is 34. Actress Actress Lindsay Sloane
("Sabrina the Teenage Witch") is 34. Countess Vaughn ("The
Parkers," "Moesha") is 33. Actor Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty")
is 31. Actress Meagan Good is 30. Actor Ken Baumann ("The Secret
Life of the American Teenager") is 22.

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