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Music by Egbert Van Alstyne(1882-1951), lyrics by Gustavus(Gus)Kahn(1886-1941), 1915. The first of what would be dozens of standards by lyricist Gus Kahn for Tin Pan Alley, on Broadway and in Hollywood. Van Alstyne also wrote "In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree" and "Pretty Baby" (see Holidays/Baby and Occasions/Valentine's Day).

Merry Widow Waltz (I Love You So!) (Valentine's Day)

Celebrated waltz from Franz Lehar's international operetta sensation, "The Merry Widow," 1905.

My Hero (Valentine's Day)

Romantic hit from "The Chocolate Soldier," Viennese operetta smash, 1908, music by Oscar Straus, English lyrics by Stanislaus Stange.

Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal (Valentine's Day)

1847 poem of British Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson(1809-1892) set to music in 1904 by his fellow countryman Roger Quilter(1877-1953). An Art Song standard recorded by virtually every major vocal recitalist of the 20th century including John McCormack, Paul Robeson and Kathleen Ferrier.

O, My Luve Is Like A Red, Red Rose (Valentine's Day)

Dating from 1994, one of more than 300 traditional songs based on traditional sources, composed and anthologized by Scottish Poet Laureate Robert Burns. The song's finer points of spelling and punctuation vary from source to source, but the words here are the original Burns poem.

Oh, You Beautiful Doll (Valentine's Day)

Music by Nat D. Ayer, lyrics by Seymour Brown, 1911.