Married December 18, 1983, Keith Richards and Patti Hansen first found love like many of us—with a string of well-crafted cassettes. "Keith was constantly making me mix tapes, and he would do beautiful drawings on them," Patti once revealed to Harper's Bazaar. As we celebrate their 33rd anniversary—and Keith's 73rd birthday—join us in revisiting their love story and other legendary musical marriages.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen
MARRIED SINCE: December 18, 1983—his 40th birthday. They have two daughters, Theodora and Alexandra ("little T and A").
THEIR SECRET: Richards, 72, gives all the credit to his wife, 60, a former model and born-again Christian. As he wrote in "Life," his 2010 memoir, "I am married to a most beautiful woman. Elegant, graceful and as down to earth as you can get. Smart, practical, caring, thoughtful and a very hot horizontal consideration. I presume that a lot of luck is involved."
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Alice Cooper and Sheryl Goddard
MARRIED SINCE: March 20, 1976. Cooper, 68, and Goddard, 60, who trained as a ballet dancer, have three grown children,
THEIR SECRET: It helped that he quit drinking back in the '80s. But there's more. As Cooper told the Guardian in 2011, "I've been married to Sheryl for 35 years and never cheated on her ... If you marry the person you're in love with, you would never do anything to hurt her. Honestly, I have seen spectacularly beautiful women and said: 'I'm not interested.'"
David Bowie and Iman
MARRIED FROM: April 24, 1992 to January 10, 2016, the day Bowie died at age 69. Their daughter Alexandria, called Lexi, is 15.
THEIR SECRET: "David doesn't fight," Iman, a Somalia-born supermodel who's now 60, told Harper's Bazaar in 2010. "He is English, so he just stays quiet. I'm the screamer. Then he always makes me laugh. It's like cabaret. I keep him entertained too. I still fancy him—totally!—after all these years."
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
MARRIED SINCE: April 27, 1981.
THEIR SECRET: It's simple, really. "I love the man, and that's it," Bach, 68, told People magazine last year after 34 years of marriage. Ringo, 75, agrees that all you need is love. "There's no escape ... I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met]—and I'm beyond blessed that she loves me and we're still together."
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Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
MARRIED SINCE: June 8, 1991. Springsteen, 66, and Scialfa, 62, have three grown children.
THEIR SECRET: A song on Springsteen's 2007 album "Magic," summed it up: "I'll Work for Your Love." If there was any truth to the 2010 reports that the Boss and his wife had hit a rough patch, this photo, taken in May 2016, suggests they got through it.
Charlie Watts and Shirley Ann Shepherd
MARRIED SINCE: October 14, 1964. The couple have a daughter, Serafina, and a granddaughter, Charlotte.
THEIR SECRET: Watts, 75, and Shepherd, 77, tied the knot more than a half-century ago, before the Rolling Stones were famous, and by all accounts he showed no interest in groupies when the band was on tour. "She is an incredible woman," the drummer said of his wife in 2012. "The one regret I have of this life is that I was never home enough."
Steven and Maureen Van Zandt
MARRIED SINCE: New Year's Eve, 1982. Bruce Springsteen was best man, Percy Sledge sang "When a Man Loves a Woman" as the couple walked down the aisle, and Little Richard performed the ceremony.
THEIR SECRET: "Her pancakes are the best," Little Steven, 65, says of Maureen, 64, who played Silvio's wife on "The Sopranos." She also stands by her man. In March, when Jennifer Lopez forgot his name on "American Idol," Mrs. Van Zandt tweeted: "Really @JLo needs to fuck off."
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Johnny Cash and June Carter
MARRIED FROM: March 1, 1968 to May 15, 2003, when June Carter Cash died with her husband at her side, at age 73. Four months later, Johnny Cash died at 71.
THEIR SECRET: "He's just like my father that way—my father just adored my mother and let her do whatever she wanted," June once said of the Man in Black. "John's like that. He's a very rare man, a very good man, and I've had a good life with him. I'm proud to be walking in the wake of Johnny's fame."
Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
MARRIED SINCE: April 29, 1989.
THEIR SECRET: Bon Jovi and Hurley, both 54, with four children, were high school sweethearts."I got it right the first time," he told People magazine last year. Although the rocker admits that he has "been no saint," he still sings Dorothea's praises. "She's been there for me for the ups and the downs. She was there for me before there was an up," Bon Jovi says. "She's the muse for all the syrupy ballads I write."
Sting and Trudie Styler
MARRIED SINCE: August 22, 1992. Sting, 64, and his wife, 62, have four children, three of them born in the 10 years they lived together before tying the knot.
THEIR SECRET: "There's no secret, we're just lucky," Sting told the Daily Mail last year. Back in 1990, he famously said their relationship benefited from seven-hour sessions of tantric sex, but more recently he amended the record: "Seven hours includes movie and dinner."
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Bono and Ali Hewson
MARRIED SINCE: August 21, 1982. Bono, 56, and Hewson, 55, have four children.
THEIR SECRET: The U2 frontman's wife and activist partner is the inspiration for songs like "Sweetest Thing" and "All I Want Is You." In the 2005 book "U2 by U2," Bono wrote, "I'm a bit of a stray dog. I would not have been in the queue to get married, had I not met someone as extraordinary as Ali. I always felt more myself with her than with anybody."
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