Wednesday, February 13, 2013

7 Sexiest Romantic Rock 'n Roll Couples of the 70s: Celebrating Valentine's Day & "DARK LULLABY" book special

I never did like John & Yoko as a couple. I always thought Gene & Shannon were kind of tacky. Rod & Alana were stylish 'n racy, but not especially lovey-dovey. Paul & Linda were cute, but not sexy. I adore John & June, but they're not really rock 'n roll. Debbie & Chris are more punk (as were Sid & Nancy, and definitely not "romantic" in my songbook!). Jim & Pam were beautiful and sexy as sin, but their heyday was more the swingin' 60s. Todd & Bebe are another fave, but there's only 7 slots! Sigh…

So in compiling my list of personal faves, I thought of the songs I most loved, written about these often turbulent, passionate relationships.

In my vampire romance novel, DARK LULLABY, which is set in 1971 and centers on a lead singer and guitarist who's in love with his vampire muse, there's a song called "Butterfly Kiss", which brings them together…

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Staci Layne's 7 Sexiest 
Romantic Rock & Roll Men & Muses

Mick & Marianne

Although I must confess I like the visual coupling of Mick & Bianca better (they looked so much alike!), I certainly cannot deny the enduring power of the song "Wild Horses" which was written by Mick (& 'Keef') for Marianne. It's rumored that Mick's secret love song "Memory Motel" was written for Carly Simon in answer to her secret love song about (maybe!) him, "You're So Vain". Mick wrote many exquisite dirges for amazing women, such as "Angie", after some stolen moments with his friend's wife.

Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones on Grooveshark


David & Angie

David Bowie wrote the songs "The Prettiest Star" (Angela appears in the concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; in a backstage sequence, David calls her by the name 'Star') and "Golden Years" about her. These two were a real power couple, long before there was terminology to describe it.

The Prettiest Star by David Bowie on Grooveshark


Lindsay & Stevie

So many songs to choose from! Lots of love and romantic strife here, and the talent to express it. Each of them wrote songs for, and about, the other. "Go Your Own Way" is probably the most popular one in relation to the relationship, but my favorite is Stevie's lament, "Landslide" as well as the lesser-known "Silver Spring" (which was written in the 70s, but not released till later), which goes, 'I’ll follow you down ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you (give me just a chance). You’ll never get away from the sound of the woman that loved you (was I just a fool?).'


Leonard & Joni

Leonard Cohen wrote some of the most gorgeous, luscious, sumptuous, swoon-worthy seductive songs, ever. "Chelsea Hotel" was for Janis Joplin, "Suzanne" was for Suzanne Verdal McCallister (but which Leonard dueted so beautifully with another lover of his, Judy Collins — who, of course was the inspiration for the CSN song, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes… and, on that note, "Our House" is another CSN song, inspired by Joni). There are more. But my faves are the ones L and J wrote for each other (mostly in the 60s, but spilling into the 70s). She wrote "A Case of You" for him, and they each wrote a song called "Winter Lady."

Winter Lady by Leonard Cohen on Grooveshark


Keith & Anita

As was typical in these swingin' times, many ladies went from one band member to another; Swedish model Anita Pallenberg was with Brian Jones before she made the switch to Keith Richards. (There were rumors that she also had a fling with Mick during the filming of Performance.) The two remained together through the 70s, splitting in 1980, but leaving a legacy of lingering love songs. "You Got The Silver" is probably the most famous one.

You Got the Silver by The Rolling Stones on Grooveshark


Eric & Pattie

Certainly the most famous "Romeo & Juliet" of the rock & roll world, there is nothing I can say about these two which hasn't already been revealed. "Layla" is the most widely-known song about Eric's undying love for the blonde beauty (who also inspired "Something" by then-husband George Harrison in 1969), but my personal favorite is "Wonderful Tonight". (Side-trivia: the Donovan song, Jennifer-Juniper, was written about Pattie's sister, Jenny)


Bob & Sara

While Eric & Pattie may be the popular #1 choice, mine is Bob & Sara. They were married, had four children together, and he (my favorite lyricist of all time, space and dimension, by the way!) expressed his love, and their life together most beautifully in the epic outpouring entitled simply, "Sara". It is quite possibly the most poignant, and realistic, love song ever written.

Sara by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

I laid on a dune, I looked at the sky,
When the children were babies and played on the beach.
You came up behind me, I saw you go by,
You were always so close and still within reach.

Sara, Sara,
Whatever made you want to change your mind?
Sara, Sara,
So easy to look at, so hard to define.

I can still see them playin' with their pails in the sand,
They run to the water their buckets to fill.
I can still see the shells fallin' out of their hands
As they follow each other back up the hill.

Sara, Sara,
Sweet virgin angel, sweet love of my life,
Sara, Sara,
Radiant jewel, mystical wife.

Sleepin' in the woods by a fire in the night,
Drinkin' white rum in a Portugal bar,
Them playin' leapfrog and hearin' about Snow White,
You in the marketplace in Savanna-la-Mar.

Sara, Sara,
It's all so clear, I could never forget,
Sara, Sara,
Lovin' you is the one thing I'll never regret.

I can still hear the sounds of those Methodist bells,
I'd taken the cure and had just gotten through,
Stayin' up for days in the Chelsea Hotel,
Writin' "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" for you.

Sara, Sara,
Wherever we travel we're never apart.
Sara, oh Sara,
Beautiful lady, so dear to my heart.

How did I meet you? I don't know.
A messenger sent me in a tropical storm.
You were there in the winter, moonlight on the snow
And on Lily Pond Lane when the weather was warm.

Sara, oh Sara,
Scorpio Sphinx in a calico dress,
Sara, Sara,
You must forgive me my unworthiness.

Now the beach is deserted except for some kelp
And a piece of an old ship that lies on the shore.
You always responded when I needed your help,
You gave me a map and a key to your door.

Sara, oh Sara,
Glamorous nymph with an arrow and bow,
Sara, oh Sara,
Don't ever leave me, don't ever go.

Here is some rare footage of the couple together, timed to an equally unique rendition of the song.

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