The one hit wonder pop star who helped sing the 60s hit Everlasting Love has been as good as his word – by notching up 50 years of marriage to his wife.
Mick Jackson, 72, wed childhood sweetheart Patricia three years after his group Love Affair went to number one in 1968 – knocking The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde by Georgie Fame off the top spot.
And the couple have remained faithful to the title of the iconic track – which featured in the rom-com movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason – by toasting their Golden wedding anniversary with friends and family.
Now to celebrate, bassist Mick has released a new single – Christmas Dreams – in tribute to 70-year old Patricia, who was his childhood sweetheart before fame hit.
It is thought the Jacksons have the longest ever marriage in the UK music industry. US country singer Dolly Parton, 75, has been married to husband Carl Dean for 55 years.
Mick Jackson, pictured with his wife Patricia in the 1970s was a member of Love Affair who hit Number 1 in 1968 with a cover of the song Everlasting Love
Mick, pictured on his wedding day with his new wife Patricia, has written her a song to celebrate 50 years of marriage
Mick, pictured left with his band mates, left Love Affair in the early 1970s
The couple, pictured earlier this month, are still happily married and are believed to be Britain’s longest lasting showbiz couple
Mick, from Bradford, West Yorkshire said: ‘From the moment that Patricia and I met all those years ago, I knew we were meant to be together.
‘She had to put up with such a lot while I was touring around the world and couldn’t even tell people she was my girlfriend. That in itself would have been too much for many girls but we stayed together, got engaged and then married and here we are, still together 50 years later.
‘I’ve written many songs over the years about lots of different things, but I realised that the one thing that meant more to me than anything else was my own Everlasting Love, Patricia, so I wanted to write a love song to celebrate the 50 years that we have been married, tell her how I feel and to thank her for all the good times we have had together.
‘The secret to a long marriage is simply Patricia because she is so wonderful and I don’t know what I’d do without her.’
The couple met on a blind date in early 1967 when Patricia – then Patricia Speight – was still 14 and he had just turned 17. During assembly at Hanson Boys’ Grammar School, Bradford, Mick’s friend said he was meeting his girlfriend at The Hole In The Wall coffee shop, Bradford, after school and needed Mick to go along to keep her friend occupied.
They married at St Margaret’s Church, Frizinghall, Shipley, West Yorkshire and had a son and daughter plus three grandchildren.
Patricia who went on to become a reporter for her local paper said: ‘Mick has always been the one for me and I have continued loving him since we met in 1966, when I was fourteen-year-old schoolgirl who thought that exciting lives only belonged to other people.
According to the Official Chart company, Love Affair replaced Georgie Fame at Number 1 in late January 1968. They spent two weeks top of the charts
The new single, Christmas Dreams was released earlier on today and features another of the original members of Love Affair
After Leaving Love Affair in 1971, Mick moved to West Yorkshire with Patricia and started a new life in the motor industry
‘He can be a man of few words and his compliments can be rare, but I think everyone will agree that there isn’t a compliment bigger or more lovely than having a love song written for you.’
Mick started his musical career when he quit art school as a teenager to become a member of a band offered a summer season at Butlin’s in Filey.
From there he ended up in London, auditioned for Love Affair and found himself performing in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.
After Leaving Love Affair in 1971, Mick moved to West Yorkshire with Patricia and started a new life in the motor industry. He had successful careers running his own training and marketing company and as a sports car racing driver.
Everlasting Love recently featured in Kenneth Branagh’s new film Belfast, starring Jamie Dornan and Dame Judi Dench, and to date over 13 million copies have been bought around the world.
Christmas Dreams was co-written with friend Dave Johnson, who played guitar and co-arranged the track. Mick plays bass guitar and sings on his new track, which also features original Love Affair band member Mo Bacon on drums.