By  on December 10, 2010

The spotlight has been on John Lennon this week as the world commemorates the 30th anniversary of his death. This paper had plenty of its own Lennon coverage, including a June 15, 1973 story on Rock Royalty that outlined four of pop culture’s hottest romances. Here, those supercouples and their stats, per WWD.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon: “The Queen Mother and the King in Exile”
Vital statistics: “Yoko is 40 and upper-class Japanese; John’s 33 and working-class Liverpool.”
How their time is spent: “Putting out more albums than the public can consume.”
Contributions to pop culture: “Marrying John is considered by many to be Yoko’s greatest work of art. John’s — being a Beatle.”

James Taylor and Carly Simon: “Prince and Princess of the Counter-Culture”
Vital statistics: “Carly is 28 and ‘Our Crowd’ Jewish. James is 24 and landed-gentry WASP.”
Fashion image: “Bloomingdale’s rich hippie.”
Contributions to pop culture: “He made drugs chic and she made Bianca jealous when she got Mick to sing background on her ‘No Secrets’ album.”

Mick and Bianca Jagger: “Emperor and Empress of Decadence”
Vital statistics: “Bianca is 26, depending on the publication and her mood. Nicknamed ‘Iron Knickers,’ she comes from Nicaragua. Mick, 29, is the son of a phys ed teacher from Surrey, England.”
Favorite pastimes: “Pouting and snorting. She loves to eat frogs’ legs at La Grenouille. He likes talking about his daughter, Jade.”
Contributions to pop culture: “Mick’s sequin makeup gives a real shot in the arm to the male cosmetic business. Bianca has revived a dying interest in millinery.”

Cher and Sonny Bono: “Duke and Duchess of Middle America”
Vital statistics: “Cher is 26 and part Cherokee. Sonny is 37 and Detroit Italian.”
Favorite charities: “Hugh Hefner’s backgammon tournaments.”
Favorite pastimes: “Cher needlepoints and redecorates the house once a year. Sonny drives up and down the driveway in one of his Rolls-Royces.”
Contribution to pop culture: “America’s swinging sweethearts.”

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