14 February

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Kanye West hires Kenny G to play his sultry sax in a room full of roses for his wife, Kim Kardashian, as a Valentines' Day surprise. They end up collaborating, with Kenny G playing on Kanye's Jesus Is King track "Use This Gospel."

2015 Lady Gaga gets engaged to actor Taylor Kinney. She confirms the news two days later by posting a photo of the heart-shaped diamond ring on Instagram with the caption, "He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!"

2014 With their music in legal limbo, De La Soul give away free downloads of their first six albums to anyone who signed up on their website. Their catalog isn't available digitally because of rights issues with the samples. "We're in the Library of Congress, but we're not on iTunes," group member Posdnuos says, referring to their debut album 3 Feet High And Rising.

2012 Dory Previn, a singer-songwriter who wrote many songs with her second husband André Previn, dies at 86.

2010 Blues musician Lil' Dave Thompson dies in a car accident at age 40.

2009 Jazz drummer Louie Bellson dies at age 84 of Parkinson's disease and complications from a broken hip.

2008 Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher marries Nicole Appleton of the girl group All Saints.

2006 The Veronicas' debut studio album, The Secret Life of..., is released in the US.

2006 English pop singer Lynden David Hall dies at age 40 of complications from a stem cell treatment he received to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma.

2006 Willie Nelson issues the single "Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other."

2004 After nine weeks at #1 in the US, "Hey Ya" gives way to another OutKast song, "The Way You Move," which has been #2 the previous eight weeks, a record for most weeks at #2 before claiming the top spot.

2002 Sweet drummer Mick Tucker dies of leukemia at age 54.

1999 Rocker Buddy Knox dies of lung cancer at age 65.

1999 The Deftones, on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck has been stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Taken are all of the band's backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi Chings' Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter's custom-made guitars and racks.

1999 Elton John appears on the "I'm with Cupid" episode of The Simpsons, where he does a re-worked version of "Your Song."

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Valentine's Day For The Lovelorn


After singing about "The valentines I never knew" in her song "At Seventeen," Janis Ian gets hundreds of Valentine's Day cards from fans.

When you're not one of the girls with clear-skinned smiles, Valentine's Day can be a downer. Janis Ian gave voice to dowdy teenagers everywhere in "At Seventeen," where she sings about "inventing lovers on the phone" who ask her to the dance. In the tradition of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, it's a confessional with a light samba beat. Despite its delicate nature, the song became a hit in 1975, reaching #3 in September. (Ian and her team sent copies of the song to the wives of radio station program directors - a tactic that helped it penetrate the airwaves). In October, she played it on the very first episode of Saturday Night Live, where she was a musical guest. Many listeners, determined to spare her the pain of valentines that never came, make sure her mailbox is full come Valentine's Day. To Ian, it's a hopeful song. "The ugly duckling always turns into a swan," she said in her Songfacts interview. "It offers hope that there is a world out there of people who understand."



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