Just Duet

Written by Jason P. Woodbury Category: Arts Issue: June 2016
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Love may be a battlefield, but it’s worked out OK for Pat Benatar and her guitarist/husband, Neil Giraldo. The two married in 1982 and have collaborated on hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Promises in the Dark.” How does this married musical duo (who play Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on June 10) compare to other couples in the sonic pantheon?

1) Captain & Tennille

The only musical duo among these pairs to have had more than one No. 1 song (“Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Do That to Me One More Time”), win a Grammy and  remain married more than 10 years (Toni Tennille filed for divorce from Daryl “Captain” Dragon in 2014, after 39 years of marriage). 

2) Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter 

Colter and Jennings shared Arizona ties and a whole lotta country music after marrying in 1969. Classics like “You Ain’t Never Been Loved (Like I’m Gonna Love You)” testify to the couple’s charged relationship, which lasted until Jennings’ death in 2002. 

3) Sonny & Cher

Sonny and Cher Bono began their musical career as R&B backup singers for producer Phil Spector, but captured America’s hearts in the mid-1960s with songs like “I Got You Babe” and television variety shows. They divorced in 1975. 

4) Win Butler & Régine Chassagne 

Montreal rock band Arcade Fire benefits from the co-ed vocals of leaders (and couple) Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. The post-punk Butler met Chassagne while she was singing jazz at Concordia University.  

5) Ike & Tina Turner 

In 1951, Ike Turner practically invented rock ‘n’ roll with “Rocket 88,” but he became a pop sensation with his wife, Anna Mae Bullock, better known as Tina Turner. Their relationship was marked by violence, and they divorced in 1978. Ike passed away in 2007. 

6) Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon 

Gordon and Moore were the first couple of art-damaged rock, marrying in 1984 after their band Sonic Youth’s debut Confusion Is Sex, and divorcing in 2013. Both remain musically innovative; Gordon also wrote an essential memoir, Girl in a Band

7) Jack & Meg White

Detroiters Jack and Meg referred to each other as siblings in the press, but the garage rock duo were married when they started the White Stripes in 1997. They divorced in 2000 before the release of White Blood Cells, which broke the band nationally in 2001. They continued to record until the band’s dissolution in 2011. Jack went solo; Meg retired from music.

8) Benatar & Giraldo