Musical Couples: Love Hurts isn’t it?

Kantner/ Slick, Nicks/ Buckingham, King/ Goffin, Cher/ Sonny Bono, Harry/Stein, Taylor/Simon

Sonny Bono – Cher

Sonny and Cher made some memorable music together. For a while, they were a virtually unstoppable, hit-making machine. In 1965, the duo had FIVE songs in the Billboard Top 20 at the same time.

Despite their success, the only time Sonny and Cher seemed like a perfect match was when they were making hit records.

They divorced in 1974, as their fame floundered.  Sadly, Sonny died far too early at age 62 during a skiing accident. His death occurred in 1998 and, just a couple years later, Cher began to come clean to the media about the years of their marriage; it seems they weren’t all good ones. Cher told Vanity Fair that Sonny was a “terrible husband,” and he would often become overly jealous and possessive.

Stevie Nicks – Lindsey Buckingham

Buckingham and his then-girlfriend Stevie Nicks recorded seven demos in 1972 on an analog 4-track machine, and drove to Los Angeles to pursue a record deal. In 1973, Polydor Records signed the pair. Their album, Buckingham Nicks, was released in September 1973; soon after its release, however, Polydor dropped the duo because of poor sales.

Despite Polydor’s measure, though, Buckingham Nicks has been championed by rock critics since its release, It features fine two-part harmonies backed by notable LA session musicians, including superstar drummer Jim Keltner. According to the album notes, other session musicians include: Ron Tutt (Elvis Presley TCB Band), drums; Peggy Sandvig, keyboards; Waddy Wachtel, guitar; Jorge Calderon, percussion; Jerry Scheff (Elvis Presley TCB Band), bass; Monty Stark, synthesizer; Gary Hodges, drums; and Mark Tulin, bass.

Stevie and Lindsey were a package deal, joining Fleetwood Mac as a couple in 1974. As the band recorded their wildly successful “Rumours” album


Their relationship always seemed to be both the most intimate and the most torturous.

Loving you
Is it the right thing to do?
How can I ever change things
That I feel?

If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up’s all you wanna do

Paul Kantner – Grace Slick



Jefferson Airplane was one of the most popular bands in the world around 1967. Opening the floodgates of acid rock and psychedelia, the group was fronted by one of the coolest women ever to sing rock and roll: Grace Slick.

But it wasn’t just Grace Slick that made Jefferson Airplane, and later Starship, such a powerful force. Paul Kantner, the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter behind the band’s biggest hits, was easily as integral to the group’s success.

Grace and Paul became a romantic item. The steamy passion they inspired in one another helped further the band’s musical exploration. Grace was with Paul for the best part of her professional life: 1969-75. At the time, they were known in the press as the “psychedelic John and Yoko.”

Your mama told you never
to eat your friends
with your fingers and
hands, but I say you
ought to eat what
you will – shove it
in your mouth any way
that you can.

 

GRACE SLICK PAUL KANTNER BERNIE TAUPIN ALICE COOPER

Grace, however, was the kind of woman who just couldn’t be contained. Paul must have understood this deep in his heart; he pined for her when she was involved with the group’s drummer. As their marriage began to bore her, she responded by leaving Paul for a roadie (yes, that’s right, a roadie) of Jefferson Starship

 Gerry Goffin – Carole King

Her Tapestry album spent six years on the charts, but Carole King’s other claim to fame is the astonishing amount of songs that she and partner Gerry Goffin penned when they were a songwriting team with Aldon Music.

In addition to his work with King, Goffin has written songs for Gladys Knight, Rod Stewart, Anne Murray, and Whitney Houston. But his songs with Carole produced pop standards like “The Loco-Motion” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”

When people can be so cold
They'll hurt you and desert you
And take your soul if you let them
Oh, but don't you let them

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I'll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I'll be there
You've got a friend

James Taylor – Carly Simon

On many of James Taylor’s albums of the mid ’70s, Carly Simon provides backing vocals. Their vocal combination borders on Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris territory; in other words, it’s quite great. So that right there gives the kids some points. The fact that Carly is part of some of James’ most lauded work is enough of an accomplishment, but it’s their duet of “Mockingbird,” recorded in 1974, that continues to be a gigantic landmark in each of their careers

James and Carly have a couple of kids from their marriage: Sarah and Ben. Both are musicians, and both have been pretty successful in their own right.

So close your eyes;
you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs,
and I can't sing the blues any more.
But I can sing this song,
and you can sing this song
when I'm gone.
It won't be long before another day.

 The couple split up in 1981 and, two years later, their divorce was finalized.

 

Chris Stein – Deborah Harry

Debbie and Chris wrote many of Blondie’s greatest hits together, including “Heart Of Glass,” “Dreaming” and “Rapture.”

 

In 1983, Chris developed a disease known as “pemphigus,” a skin condition so horrible that it borders on the biblical: sufferers are forced to watch their skin literally melt as the connective fibers of the flesh break apart.  Debbie didn’t think twice about what to do: she disbanded the group, still near the peak of its fame, to help him recover.

They split up in 1989, and Chris ended up getting married to another woman. But the duo, along with the rest of Blondie, still maintains a healthy professional relationship.


Bonus Couple: Joan Baez/ David Harris

 

“The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.” Joan

In 1968, Baez traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where a marathon recording session resulted in two albums. The first, Any Day Now (1968), consists exclusively of Dylan covers. The other, the country-music-infused David’s Album (1969) was recorded for husband David Harris, a prominent anti-Vietnam War protester eventually imprisoned for draft resistance. Harris, a country-music fan, turned Baez toward more complex country-rock influences beginning with David’s Album. Later in 1968, she published her first memoir, Daybreak (by Dial Press). In 1969, her appearance at Woodstock in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the documentary film Woodstock (1970). Beginning in the late 1960s, Baez began writing many of her own songs, beginning with “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “A Song For David”, both songs appearing on her 1970 (I Live) One Day at a Time album

“I went to jail for 11 days for disturbing the peace; I was trying to disturb the war.” Joan

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