This Date in Music History: March 1

Famous musical marriages and Ke$ha's hidden talents

Mar 1, 2012 at 11:14 am
click to enlarge June & Johnny get hitched
June & Johnny get hitched

Were it not for the Grim Reaper, two celebrated musical couples would be celebrating wedding anniversaries today. Country music superstars Johnny Cash and June Carter (soon-to-be Carter Cash) tied the knot on this date in 1968 in a Franklin, Ky., church. The bride wore light blue; the groom wore (duh!) black. Their relationship was the basis for the celebrated biopic Walk the Line, which showed the couple's rocky patches in all their glory, as well as their dedication to each other. The couple had just one child together, John Carter Cash (born in 1970). The couple managed to put their problems behind them and remained married until June's death in May of 2003. Cash passed away five months later.

June co-wrote (with Merle Kilgore) one of Johnny's biggest songs, 1963's "Ring of Fire," which is said to have been inspired by her conflicted feelings for Johnny.

Also on March 1, Punk poetess Patti Smith and former MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith were hitched at the Detroit Mariner's Church in 1980. They'd met in 1976 in front of Detroit's Lafayette Coney Island, a famous hot dog joint, introduced by her guitarist, Lenny Kaye, before Fred's Sonic Rendezvous Band was set to open for Patti's band. They were a couple two years later and after marrying, the pair pulled back from the public eye to raise their children, daughter Jesse (born in 1987) and son Jackson (in 1982), who went on to marry The White Stripes' drummer Meg White in 2009. In 1988, Smith released Dream of Life, a collaborative project with her husband and her first album since 1979's Wave. Smith died of a heart attack in 1994, leading Patti back to New York City and back to music. She toured with Dylan in 1995, then released Gone Again the following year, marking her total return to the music world (she's had four albums since).

Here's "Dancing Barefoot" from 1979, a song Patti dedicated to her new beau, Fred Smith.

Click on for Born This Day featuring … OMG, Justin Beiber is 18 today! —-

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a March 1 birthday include Big Band Jazz legend and all-around American music icon Glenn Miller (1904); legendary Rock singer from The Who, Roger Daltrey (1944); guitarist for Platinum-selling (and somehow also universally despised) Canadian rockers Nickelback, Ryan Peake (1973); JUSTIN BEIBER IS LEGAL TODAY, celebrating his 18th birthday (1994); and Pop/"Rap?" star Kesha Rose Sebert, better known as Ke$ha (1987).

Like Nickelback, Ke$ha's been a punching bag for Pop music pundits, making headlines regularly. Though like her music, the headlines are a bit empty, with most recent ones including breaking news items about her shaving her head and attaching metal studs to the side of her skull, her saying she likes to have naked body painting parties and reports that she makes her assistant wear a penis costume.

But maybe weirdest of all was the news that Ke$ha was collaborating with PsychPop cult legends The Flaming Lips and had covered Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (listen below) for a Dylan tribute album. Is it possible that all the Auto-Tune singing and bad rapping was just a prank and that she actually has a ton of talent? Maybe she'll have the last laugh after all.