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Awards and Honors (1)

  • 1998: Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is honored as "Entertainer of the Year" at the 29th NAACP Image Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.

Band Dynamics (1)

  • 1972 : Steppenwolf announces their split, saying, "We were locked into an image and style of music and there was nothing for us to look forward to."

Banned (1)

  • 1958: CBS' Walter Cronkite reports that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."

Births (14)

  • 1931 : Phyllis McGuire (The McGuire Sisters)
  • 1934 : Merl Saunders
  • 1937 : Magic Sam
  • 1939 : Razzy Bailey
  • 1940 : Lillie Bryant (Billy and Lillie)
  • 1943 : Eric Andersen
  • 1943 : Maceo Parker
  • 1945 : Vic Briggs (The Animals)
  • 1946 : Doug Simril (The Steve Miller Band)
  • 1947 : Tim Buckley
  • 1950 : Roger Fisher (Heart)
  • 1951 : Kenny Hyslop (Simple Minds)
  • 1972 : Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty)
  • 1997: Country artist Ty England and wife Shanna welcome their third child into the world, Levi Wyatt.

Certifications and Milestones (2)

  • 1966 : Simon and Garfunkel's Sounds Of Silence is certified gold
  • 1972 : The Fifties tribute musical Grease opens off-Broadway at New York City's Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The play is an instant hit, moving to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre for a record 3,388 performances, and, not incidentally, spawning one of the most popular movies of all time.

Charts (4)

  • 1931 : Ted Lewis' Just A Gigolo hits #1
  • 1953 : Teresa Brewer's "Till I Waltz Again with You" hits #1
  • 1970 : Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" hits #1
  • 1983 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Patti Austin and James Ingram's Baby, Come To Me

Concerts and Festivals (7)

  • 1957: Jazz great Lionel Hampton debuts "King David," his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.
  • 1970 : The Who play a legendary concert at Leeds University in England which will become the Live at Leeds LP.
  • 1974 : At the Forum in Los Angeles, Ringo Starr, Neil Young and Warren Beatty are in attendance for the last stop on Bob Dylan's tour with The Band.
  • 1977 : The B-52's perform their first live gig, a Valentine's Day party in their hometown, Athens GA.
  • 1990 : The Rolling Stones begin their first-ever tour of Japan at Tokyo's Korakuen Dome.
  • 1998 : Madonna performs at New York nightclub the Roxy. It is her first club performance in more than 10 years.
  • 2000 : Kiss announce one of their many "farewell" tours.

Deaths (6)

  • 1999 : Buddy Knox
  • 1999 : Doug Weston
  • 2002 : Mick Tucker (Sweet)
  • 2006 : Lynden David
  • 2009 : Louie Bellson
  • 2010 : Lil' Dave Thompson

Debuts (1)

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

Health Issues (2)

  • 1973 : David Bowie collapses at the end of a Ziggy Stardust performance at Madison Square Garden, claiming "total exhaustion."
  • 1993 : Harry Nilsson suffers his first heart attack.

Legal Issues (1)

  • 1961 : The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.

Marriages and Breakups (4)

  • 1974 : Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (a/k/a Captain & Tenille) are married in Virginia City, NV.
  • 1980 : Lou Reed marries Sylvia Morales in New York City's Greenwich Village.
  • 1984 : Elton John marries sound engineer Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia. Attendees include Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart.
  • 1994 : The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons.

Miscellaneous (7)

  • 1847: A saxophone school is created in Paris, France. It is set up at "Gymnase Musical," a military band school.
  • 1972 : Blaming burnout, Steppenwolf breaks up for the first time.
  • 1974 : Rolling Stone reports that David Bowie has been asked by a gay liberation group to compose a gay national anthem, an offer he declines.
  • 1977 : After singing about "The valentines I never knew" in her song At Seventeen, Janis Ian gets hundreds of Valentine's Day cards from fans.
  • 1998 : Marilyn Manson begins a brief book signing tour on Valentine's Day at Tower Records in New York in support of his autobiography It's A Long Hard Road Out of Hell.
  • 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.
  • 2001 : Prince launches a subscription service whereby fans are asked to pay as much as $100 a year for online access to the rock impresario's songs and videos as well as VIP passes to Prince concerts and after-show parties.

Movies (2)

  • 1961 : The earliest video footage of The Beatles as a band is taken during their performance at the Casanova Club in Liverpool.
  • 1968 : Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention announce that work has begun on the band's quasi-documentary Uncle Meat.

Music and Politics (1)

  • 1972 : On the same day the band breaks up for the first time, Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty declares today "Steppenwolf Day."

Recordings (4)

  • 1967 : Aretha Franklin, Respect
  • 1967 : The Beatles, Only A Northern Song
  • 1970 : The Who, Live At Leeds
  • 1978 : Dire Straits begins recording its first album in London.

Releases (3)

  • 1964 : The Dave Clark Five's Bits And Pieces
  • 1979 : George Harrison, George Harrison
  • 2006 : Willie Nelson, Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other

TV, Radio, Press (7)

  • 1970 : Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."
  • 1972 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their week-long stint as guest hosts on the syndicated Mike Douglas Show.
  • 1978 : Songwriters Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, then married, appear on The Muppet Show to perform "Song I Like to Sing" from their first album of duets, Full Moon.
  • 1981: The Funky 4 plus One More perform their classic hit, "That's The Joint" on NBC's Saturday Night Live becoming the first hip hop group to appear on national television.
  • 1986 : Frank Zappa guest stars on NBC's Miami Vice.
  • 1999 : Elton John guest stars on Fox's The Simpsons.
  • 2001 : Fox debuts Barbra Streisand: Timeless, a film of her "farewell concert."