Today in Entertainment History

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 (tor-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, Connecticut. 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 pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and pollution charges.

In 2017, singer Glen Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Nita Talbot is 89. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 82. Actress Connie Stevens is 81. Country singer Phil Balsley of The Statler Brothers is 80. Actor Larry Wilcox (“CHiPS”) is 72. Actor Keith Carradine (“Madam Secretary”) is 70. Actor Donny Most (“Happy Days”) is 66. Keyboardist Dennis Drew of 10,000 Maniacs is 62. Actor -turned-investment banker Harry Crosby (“Friday the 13th”) is 61. News anchor Deborah Norville is 61. Guitarist The Edge of U2 is 58. Drummer Rikki Rockett of Poison is 58. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 57. Singer Scott Stapp of Creed is 46. Country singer Mark Wills is 46. Guitarist Tom Linton of Jimmy Eat World is 44. Singer J.C. Chasez (shah-ZAY’) of ‘N Sync is 43. Singer Drew Lachey (lah-SHAY’) of 98 Degrees is 43. Actress Tawny Cypress (“Heroes”) is 43. Singer Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry) is 42. Actress Lindsay Sloane (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) is 42. Actress Countess Vaughn (“The Parkers,” ”Moesha”) is 41. Actor Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) is 39. Actress Meagan Good (“Think Like A Man”) is 38. Guitarist Eric Howk (HAWK) of Portugal. The Man is 38. Actress Jackie Cruz (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 35. Singer Shawn Mendes is 21. Actress Bebe Wood (“The Real O’Neals”) is 18.

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