12 February

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12 FEBRUARY

In Music History

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2017 Al Jarreau dies at age 76. At the Grammy Awards that night, Pentatonix acknowledge his passing, calling him a "voice for the ages." Jarreau won seven Grammy Awards.

2016 Kanye West drops "Famous," with the lyric:

I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that bitch famous


West claims that he got Taylor Swift's blessing before releasing the song, but she clearly doesn't expect it. Her spokesperson says she was never told the actual lyric, and takes issue with it.

2016 Ween play the first of three reunion shows in Broomfield, Colorado. Originally, only two shows are scheduled, (for February 12 and 13), but the demand for tickets is so high during the pre-sale period that a third show is added on February 14. This marks the official return of Ween after breaking up nearly four years before.

2015 Laugh-In announcer Gary Owens dies of complications from type 1 diabetes at age 80 in Encino, California.

2015 "Weird Al" Yankovic becomes the first-ever guest editor at MAD magazine when it is announced that he will be assisting with issue #533.

2009 Fans at Paul Simon's concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City are treated to a surprise appearance by Art Garfunkel, who sings three songs with Simon.

2009 At the 40th NAACP Image Awards, will.i.am's pro-Obama anthem "Yes We Can" wins in the Best Music Video and Best Song categories while Jennifer Hudson takes home three Awards, including Best New Artist.

2005 Country music singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies from unconfirmed circumstances at age 61 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

2000 D'Angelo's Voodoo enters the Billboard 200 and remains on the chart for 33 consecutive weeks, replacing Carlos Santana's Supernatural at the #1 spot on the chart.

2000 Screamin' Jay Hawkins of "I Put A Spell On You" fame dies at age 70.

2000 The singer Oliver ("Good Morning Starshine," "Jean") dies of cancer at age 54.

1997 David Bowie is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located outside the Hollywood Galaxy Theatre.

1992 Richard D. James releases Selected Ambient Works 85-92, under the alias Aphex Twin. It is James' first full-length album, and is a step away from his previous dance-focused work, containing lush ambient pads, soft acid-esque synth melodies, samples of conversations and distant techno percussion. The album contains some tracks started when James was only 14 years old.

1989 Tiny Tim declares his candidacy for mayor of New York City.

1981 Riding the Permanent Wave of their last album's success, Rush releases Moving Pictures. Featuring Tom Sawyer, Limelight, and YYZ, the album climbs to #3 and is the most commercially successful they have ever made or will ever make again. "The Camera Eye" is the last 10-minute-long song Rush ever records in the studio.

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Jagger And Richards Busted In Raid

1967

Police raid Keith Richards' Redlands estate, where they discover "various substances of a suspicious nature" and arrest him along with Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. The whole thing is a setup.

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