I rate romance. Sort of. Here's a list of 25 musicians who were involved with one another at some point. Nearly all performed together. It sure is a shame about Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz. Now, there was some unrealized musical chemistry!
Les Paul & Mary Ford: For those who don't know, this probably sounds like a marriage between a guitar and a car. I hate bursting people's misperceptions.
Bob Dylan & Joan Baez: Recently re-watching Don't Look Back: The Bob Dylan Story, I couldn't help but wish he had been nicer to Joanie.
22) Richard & Mimi Farina: Anytime you see a pretty woman with an autoharp, you need to buy the album. Mimi was Joan Baez's sister. Richard died in a motorcycle accident on Mimi's 21st birthday on April 30, 1966. She died in 2001. Their version of "Pack Up Your Sorrows" was pretty hep!
Richard & Linda Thompson: I'm more of a I Want to See The Bright Lights Tonight guy than Shoot Out the Lights, though both are hep. Some relationships you just don't want to know too much about. But isn't that new Teddy Thompson album pretty good?
Cher & Gregg Allman: Allman & Woman's Two The Hard Way features Jackson Browne's "Shadow Dream Song" and Smokey Robinson's "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" and an album cover that would, by today's standards, guarantee them good reviews. At least over at New This Week!
18) John Doe & Exene Cervenka: They're no longer married to one another, but I'll always remember them as the loving couple who gave us the abrasive harmonies of the Los Angeles band, X. They continue to perform together and remain friends. Exene has a new solo album coming.
Elvis Costello & Diana Krall: I've always wished Costello would marry a woman with the last name of Abbott for obvious reasons.
16) Jack White & Meg White: Jack took his wife's last name, knowing that White was a better show-biz name than Gillis, though Dobie might disagree. They divorced once Jack realized he could date a lot of different famous women.
Hank Williams & Audrey Williams: I should hope it was true love between Hank and Audrey because her singing in public can only be explained by that.
14) Nick Lowe & Carlene Carter: I always thought Nick Lowe was too wasted to know who he was married to. Kind of like the legend of Richard Hell and Patty Smyth. But, in any event, it was British rock royalty and country music royalty together in one place. For a while.
Paul Simon & Edie Brickell: Paul has produced music for Edie and Edie has sung with Paul's son Harper. But Paul has stuck with Brian Eno and Phil Ramone when looking for co-producers of his music. It's best that way.
12) Patti Smith & Fred "Sonic" Smith: When Patti lost her husband Fred, the world got Patti back. It's an odd exchange. But further proof that love and life and creativity often do not go hand in hand. Dream of Life wasn't quite the payload of her previous or subsequent work. Of which her book Just Kids is the highlight.
Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon: You can only nod your head at this long running musical couple. I remember seeing Thurtston (very tall) at Pier Platters in Hoboken, NJ and when he arrived he used the phone to call his wife (pre-cell phone days). Probably to check to see if she needed any records from the store.
Damon Albarn & Justine Frischmann: In an interview with The Observer, Elastica's Justine Frischmann lets everyone know that it wasn't so great being famous and that living with Blur's Damon Albarn wasn't as great as everyone imagined. "There's something very unromantic about being with someone that hundreds of thousands of teenage girls fancy. There really is." And with that quote, Justine affirms why I have never wanted to be in a relationship with Pat Benatar!
Deborah Harry & Chris Stein: They're no longer together as a couple, but they still love and respect each other. (What a lousy reality show that makes). But during the days of Blondie, they were the ultimate husband and wife team and when Chris came down with a weird, potentially fatal illness. Debbie stood by her man. That doesn't sound like showbiz to me.
6) James Taylor & Carly Simon: It would seem remiss if Taylor and Simon didn't hook up and marry. Two leaders of the singer-songwriter movement, the Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles of their time, so to speak.
Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull: Marianne got "As Tears Go By" out of the relationship and the Stones got "Sister Morphine." Sounds like an even trade?
4) Smokey Robinson & Claudette Rogers Robinson: Smokey Robinson wrote "My Girl" for Claudette Rogers, who performed as one of the Miracles. Motown founder Berry Gordy referred to her as "The First Lady of Motown." She was married to Smokey for 27 years, which is longer than many pop stars live.
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash: Once again, country royalty on both ends of this relationship. Doing laundry must've been relatively easy. No bleach necessary.
2) Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney: One listen to those isolated vocal tracks of Linda singing on stage and you know she should've had a solo career. But she stayed with Paul. Her vegetarian cookbook is currently being enjoyed by the vegetarian in my family.
George Jones & Tammy Wynette: You know it's a great couple when the fights are legendary and the music is even better.