Somewhere between screaming fans and jetting around the world, some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic musicians found time to get married. While rockers don’t have the best track record when it comes to long-lasting marriages, it’s safe to say that their weddings are seriously cool.
Whether they get hitched after knowing each other for 96 hours (we’re looking at you, Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson!), wear colorful wedding dresses, or have chic ceremonies complete with hundreds of screaming girls outside, a rock ‘n’ roll wedding is definitely the party of a lifetime. So let’s take a journey through time and look at some of the most iconic rocker relationships and weddings ever!
Long before she went to “California” to look for “Love from Both Sides,” she was just Joni Anderson, living and performing in Toronto. That’s where the 22-year-old folk queen met Chuck Mitchell, an American guitarist, and singer, who proposed to her less than 36 hours after their first encounter. The two lovebirds tied the knot in June 1965, in Chuck’s parents’ home outside of Detroit.
“We had no money,” Joni told author Mark Bego. Joni played acoustic guitar for her guests, while they all sat under a shady tree in her in-laws’ backyard. The couple eventually moved to New York, but their marriage didn’t last very long. Two years after their laid-back, idyllic wedding, Chuck and Joni went their separate ways.
Although George Harrison was known as the “quiet Beatle,” he wasn’t so quiet when it came to matters of the heart. Harrison asked 19-year-old Pattie Boyd to marry him the day that he met her. She obviously (well, not so obvious, we’re talking about rock stars here), turned him down but agreed to go on a date with him.
The two fell in love and married in January 1966 at the Epsom town hall in Surrey, England. “I bought a Mary Quant pinky-red shot-silk dress, which came to just above the knee, and I wore it with creamy stockings and pointy red shoes,” Boyd wrote in her 2007 memoir. Unfortunately, Harrison had many extra-marital affairs, which led to the couple’s divorce in 1974.
King of Rock, Elvis Presley, married his queen, Priscilla Beaulieu, in May 1967. Presley flew the entire wedding party out to Las Vegas on Frank Sinatra’s private plane in the middle of the night, with the remaining 100 wedding guests arriving on a separate plane. The couple said “I do” at the Aladdin Hotel, which had been specially decorated with candles and flowers.
The rock ‘n’ roll couple not only had a wild reception in Vegas but a second reception in Tennessee for those who couldn’t make the trip. Like many couples on this list, the Presleys’ marriage didn’t survive. After Priscilla confessed her infidelity to Elvis, the couple separated in 1972, and Elvis filed for divorce on his 38th birthday the following year.
Johnny Cash proposed to his long-time love June Cater multiple times, but she refused him each time. It wasn’t until Cash popped the question during a performance in front of 7,000 screaming fans that Carter finally agreed. Within weeks of his very public 1968 proposal, the couple officially tied the knot.
Even though the couple remained together until Carter’s death in 2003, their marriage was far from easy. As many people know, Cash struggled with addiction. It affected every part of his life, including his relationship with Carter, and it almost killed him at one point. But Carter’s love for Cash ran deep, and she stood by his side through it all.
Paul McCartney tried to have a private wedding with his long-time love, Linda Eastman, but that was just out of the question for the Beatles’ star. The couple was swarmed with excited fans during their March 1969 courthouse ceremony. After quickly exchanging, “I dos,” the bridal party made their way to the St. John’s Wood Church in London for a more formal wedding.
“We were crazy,” McCartney told author Barry Miles. “We had a big argument the night before we got married, and it was nearly called off. We were very up and down, quite funky compared to the eventual image of ‘Twenty-five years of married bliss’!” Well, McCartney and Eastman seemed to have found true love, and the union lasted up until Eastman’s death in 1999.
Whether you love her or hate her, John Lennon’s marriage to Yoko Ono was one for the books. The pair wed in Gibraltar in March 1969 during a 10-minute ceremony. The event was much more private than Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman’s wedding, which took place the week before. “It was beautiful,” Lennon said in The Beatles’ Anthology documentary.
The couple was married at the Pillar of Hercules, also known as the End of the World. “They thought the world outside was a mystery from there, so it was like the Gateway to the World. So, we liked it in the symbolic sense.” The pair remained married until Lennon’s murder in 1980.
Just before Mick Jagger’s first child Karis was born, he fell in love with Bianca Perez-Mora Macias. The pair met at a Rolling Stones concert after-party in France. Less than a year later, in May 1971, Bianca officially became a Jagger after marrying the rock ‘n’ roll singer in St. Tropez, France. Six months after the wedding, Bianca gave birth to the couple’s only child, Jade.
But, as we all know, the couple’s marriage didn’t last. Mick had a long-standing affair with Playboy model Bebe Buell, and Bianca filed for divorce in 1978. However, it seems that Bianca was the only woman to really take a piece of his heart. While Mick went on to have many (failed) relationships, Bianca remains the only woman he married.
The story goes that Carly Simon saw a picture of James Taylor’s TIME magazine cover and said, “I’m gonna marry that man.” Well, as fate would have it, she did. The two lovebirds met in her dressing room in 1971, but Taylor was in a relationship with singer Joni Mitchell at the time. The two called it quits later that year, and Simon finally got her wish.
The couple tied the knot in November 1972 and went on to have two children. But while it may seem like happily ever after, the couple had a very tumultuous relationship. Taylor struggled with drug addiction, and, according to Simon’s memoir, he was “seeing a few other women.” The fan-favorite couple divorced in 1983.
Carole King and Gerry Goffin were a match made in heaven. Well, it seemed that way, didn’t it? The song-writing dream team wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Take Good Care of My Baby, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, and the mega-hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
It didn’t take too long for the collaborators’ relationship to turn into a whirlwind love affair (serving as the inspiration for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). King and Goffin tied the knot in August 1959, but they didn’t live happily ever after. The marriage only lasted for a decade, due to Goffin’s infidelity. However, they continued to write together.
The ink wasn’t even dry on Cher’s divorce papers from Sonny Bono, but she didn’t care. Three days after her divorce was finalized, Cher was en route to Las Vegas to marry rocker, Gregg Allman. The pair married in June 1975, but only nine days after the wedding, Cher changed her mind. She filed for divorce reportedly because of Allman’s issues with addiction.
The southern rocker took the news hard, sobered up, and won Cher back within a month. The couple was on the verge of divorce right before their son Elijah was born in 1976. Sadly, this wasn’t enough to save the couple’s troubled marriage. Cher and Allman’s relationship ended in a messy divorce in January 1979.
During the late 1960s, singer Eric Clapton became close friends with George Harrison. The two began to write and record music together, and, before long, Clapton became infatuated with Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd. Clapton even tried dating Boyd’s sister Paula but couldn’t get Boyd out of his head.
His 1970 hit Layla was inspired by his love for his best friend’s wife. Clapton began to pursue Boyd in 1974, with her eventually agreeing to leave her husband. The couple wed five years later, and Harrison even attended. Like many rock couples, Boyd and Clapton’s marriage didn’t pass the test of time. After nine years of marriage, the couple officially divorced in 1988.
Ringo Starr first met American actress (and Bond girl) Barbara Bach on the set of the film Caveman in 1980. It didn’t take long for the couple to fall in love, and they were married the following year. The wedding reception was the first time that the surviving members of the Beatles were together since their break up in 1969.
While the couple went through a few rough patches, mainly due to Starr’s drinking problem, the couple is still together today. “I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met],” Starr told reporters from People Magazine. “I’m beyond blessed that she loves me, and we’re still together.” The couple split their time between their homes in Los Angeles, Surrey, and Monte Carlo.
Sharon Osbourne (then Sharon Levy) met her husband-to-be, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne was she was 18 years old. Sharon was working for her father, Don Arden, who was the band’s manager at the time. But when Ozzy was fired in 1979, she defied her father by dating the singer and managing his solo career.
Fast forward to July 1982, and the two were officially married in an intimate ceremony in Maui. Despite the couple’s rocky and very public marital problems, the couple is still going strong. Ozzy completed an intense rehabilitation program, and the couple renewed their vows in a private Vegas wedding chapel in 2017. “It was just for us,” Sharon told Hello Magazine. “I didn’t want lots of people there, making it into a big old party.”
Model Bobbie Brown first met rocker Jani Lane on the set of his band’s music video for Cherry Pie. The couple quickly fell in love, officially tying the knot in July 1991. While the ceremony was intimate and her dress was beautiful, the relati9onship didn’t last long. In 1993, a year after the couple welcomed their daughter, Taylar Jayne Lane, the couple divorced.
After her divorce from Lane, Brown went on to date and get engaged to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. The couple broke up in February 1995, just four days before Lee married Pamela Anderson in Mexico. As for Lane, he married and divorced Rowanne Brewer before passing away from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
No one rocks Sting’s world quite like his wife of 28 years, Trudie Styler. The couple married in August 1992 at the couple’s mansion in Wiltshire, England. Styler wore a satin Versace gown and rode into the wedding on horseback. The couple and their 25 guests danced the night away with the Troggs, as well as an impromptu performance by Sting’s former band, The Police.
The wedding was definitely one for the books, and the couple is still going strong. Their secret? Being best friends. “Love is passion and all of that stuff, but actually liking somebody and enjoying someone’s company is something slightly different, and it lasts longer,” Sting told People Magazine.
You can’t get more rock ‘n’ roll than Gwen Stefani’s custom pink and white Dior gown and veil, designed by John Galliano. In September 2002, the No Doubt singer married rocker Gavin Rossdale at St. Paul’s Covent Garden in London. The couple first met in 1995 when No Doubt and Rossdale’s band, Bush, were on tour together.
Before long, the couple were inseparable and caught up in the midst of a whirlwind romance. Sadly, their love just wasn’t enough. In 2015, Stefani filed for divorce, which was finalized the following year. That same year, the songstress ruffled some feathers when she announced her relationship with country singer Blake Shelton. Rossdale was reportedly so hurt and embarrassed that he and Stefani can no longer be in the same room together.
Elton John first met David Furnish in October 1993. “I wanted to meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” John told reporters from Parade magazine in 2010. Furnish unexcitedly agreed to tag along with a friend who was invited to John’s dinner party.
But Furnish’s expectations were definitely exceeded when he met John. Although the couple has been together ever since (and John proposed back in 2005), the couple couldn’t formally marry until England legalized same-sex marriage. When the law was passed in 2014, the two lovebirds formally wed in December. The wedding was the party of the decade.
Quirky fashion designer Betsey Johnson quickly rose to the top of the avant-garde scene in the ‘60s. She was part of Andy Warhol’s in-crowd, which led to a whirlwind romance with Velvet Underground’s John Cale. In 1968, after less than a year of dating, the pair decided to get hitched at City Hall in Manhattan. Johnson went against the grain and wore a bright red pantsuit.
Unfortunately, the justice turned the bride away from her own wedding! Remember, this is the ’60s we’re talking about. It was before women were allowed to wear pants in formal settings. Johnson was forced to either delay her wedding or change into something more “feminine.” So what did she do? She returned to City Hall with the shortest miniskirt she could find.
David Bowie and Iman first met at a dinner party in 1990. The model, who had just retired, was actually introduced to the singer by her hairdresser. The meeting was love at first sight for Bowie. “My attraction to her was immediate and all-encompassing,” the singer told Hello Magazine in 2000. “I couldn’t sleep for the excitement of our first date.”
Bowie proposed in Paris, and the two tied the knot on the first of April 1992, with an intimate ceremony in Switzerland. The union was solemnized a few months later in Florence, Italy, where it rained! “They said, ‘Oh, you shouldn’t complain, you’re going to be married for 50 years, it’s going to be happy.’ And they were right,” Iman said in 2012.
Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain officially met while partying the night away at a club in Seattle in 1990, but Love had her eyes set on the Nirvana frontman since seeing him perform the year before. “I was determined to be a bachelor for a few months,” Cobain told author Michael Azerrad.
“But I knew I liked Courtney so much right away that it was a really hard struggle to stay away from her for so many months.” Not long after the couple made their relationship official, Cobain proposed, and the two got married in front of their eight guests on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii in February 1992. The singer famously wore his pajamas to the ceremony, while Love wore a white satin and lace gown.
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and Baywatch Star Pamela Anderson married in 1995 after knowing each other for just four days. The two met at a club in Los Angeles, but because of their busy schedules, Lee and Anderson didn’t have time for a date. So Lee decided to fly down to Cancun, Mexico, where Anderson had a modeling gig.
The lovebirds tied the knot on the beach, with Anderson wearing a bikini (because why not?). The actress’s mom didn’t know about the wedding and reportedly found out when she picked up a copy of People magazine. Lee and Anderson’s relationship was turbulent and even violent at times. Shortly after Lee was sentenced to jail for assaulting Anderson in 1998, the two divorced.
To describe Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher’s relationship as “on-again, off-again” would be an understatement. For 12 years, the couple dated, broke up, were engaged to other people, got back together, got married (instead of breaking up), divorced, and then continued to date. Whew! That was a mouthful! The two were like magnets. No matter what they did, nothing could keep them apart.
When Simon and Fisher decided to tie the knot, the entire process reportedly made them fall back in love again. However, the issues that doomed the relationship before the wedding came bubbling to the surface after the excitement faded. The couple soon began fighting, and a year after their 1983 wedding, the pair were already divorced.
After failed relationships with Cher and then Diana Ross, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons finally met his match when he started dating Shannon Tweed in 1983. Surprisingly enough, Simmons didn’t marry the former Playmate until October 2011. The rocker often joked that he and Tweed were “happily unmarried” for 28 years.
He also told reporters on many occasions that “Marriage is an institution, and I don’t want to live in an institution.” Well, something changed, because Simmons popped the question in the family’s reality show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Although the couple had their fair share of ups and downs, they officially tied the knot in front of their 400 guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
While looking at all of these weddings was fun, there’s one iconic relationship that deserves more coverage, and that’s Bianca and Mick Jagger. Let’s take a look!