On This Day, August 8July 31, 2012
1960 - 25,000 copies of "Tell Laura I Love Her" were destroyed by Decca Records. It was said that the song was "too tasteless and vulgar for English sensibility."
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Looking Out My Back Door" was released.
1970 - Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Smith was one of Joplin's idols.
1975 - Hank Williams, Jr. fell 500 feet down a mountain in Montana. After, two years of surgeries he returned to music.
1982 - Mickey Thompson (Jefferson Starship) married Sara Kendrick.
1986 - David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) was released from prison after serving a sentence for drug and weapons possession.
1989 - Danny Elfman's musical score "Batman: Motion Picture Score" was released.
1992 - James Hetfield (Metallica) was injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal. A riot occurred at the same show when Axl Rose cut Guns 'N' Roses' set short because of a sore throat.
2000 - In Portugal, Oasis walked off stage for the second time in two weeks when drummer Alan White was hit by a rock.
2000 - Attorney generals in 28 states filed a lawsuit that alleged that record companies forced discount stores to raise CD prices in 1995.
2006 - Travis Barker (Blink-182) filed for a divorce from ex-beauty queen Shanna Moakler.
1937 - Dustin Hoffman
1938 - Connie Stevens
1944 - Peter Weir
1958 - Chris Foreman (Madness)
1961 - Rikki Rockett (Poison)
1961 - "The Edge" David Evans (U2)