Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo got married on February 20, 1982, and 36 years later, they remain one of the longest-lasting marriages in classic rock.
While divorces often get the most attention, Benatar and Giraldo’s are far from the only music marriage that has gone the distance. In honor of Benatar and Giraldo’s anniversary, here are some of classic rock’s other longest-lasting marriages along with some fun facts.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (Married in 1982)
In her autobiography, Pat said when she saw Neil for the first time, she thought to herself, “Girl, you have just seen the father of your children.” Spoiler: She was right.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen (Married in December 1983)
Keith and Patti wed on the guitarist 40th birthday. What a gift that has lasted for nearly 35 years!
Bono and Ali Hewson (Married in August 1982)
Bono and Ali were high-school sweethearts back at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin. Both were just 22 years old when they married.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (Married in July 1982)
Sharon worked for her father, Don Arden, who managed Black Sabbath. When Ozzy was fired from Sabbath, Sharon took the reins and began managing his solo career. The rest is history.
Dee and Suzette Snider (Married in October 1981)
There was a bit of a problem when Dee first met Suzette. He was 21; she was 15. They met in a club, which, due to her age, she snuck into. Being the stand-up guy that he is, Dee talked to her parents, and after A LOT of convincing, they were eventually allowed to date.
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach (Married in April 1981)
Ringo and Barbara met on the set of the film ‘Caveman.’ The film may have tanked, but the couple’s love still lives on.
Alice Cooper and Sheryl Goddard (Married in March 1976)
Alice and Sheryl met while she was a dancer in his over-the-top stage shows in 1975. 42 years among everyday-folks is incredible, but 42 years together in rock and roll? Unbelievable!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in her college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles. (She received an A on that speech.)