Mini-Vows: Love, Heartbreak and 40 Years Later He Said Yes


Leslie Dee Rosenbaum and Charles Harrison are to be married Could 6 on the Water Membership in Manhattan. Louis Rosenbaum, the bride’s brother who turned a Common Life minister for the occasion, is to officiate.

Ms. Rosenbaum, 65, is an actual property investor in Nashville. She is a daughter of the late Gloria Rosenbaum and the late Leo I. Rosenbaum, who lived in Los Angeles. The bride’s father was a global clothes producer in Hong Kong and New York who owned the designer label, Ciao.

Mr. Harrison, who’s 65 and a bass guitarist, is at the moment touring with Lee Roy Parnell, a rhythm and blues singer and guitar participant. Mr. Harrison has additionally toured worldwide with Rod Stewart and all through Africa with Richard Marx. He is a son of the late Marjorie Harrison and the late Charles Harrison, who lived in Tamworth, England. The groom’s father was a welder with MGK, a contractor based mostly in Curdworth, England.

The groom’s first marriage led to divorce.

Ms. Rosenbaum was simply 18 when she and a girlfriend left New York in September 1970 to discover London.

“I used to be at all times into trend and tradition,” Ms. Rosenbaum mentioned, “and I used to be at all times fascinated by London.”

Shortly after arriving there, she and her buddy went out to the Speakeasy, a London membership frequented by marquee names within the music business like Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Led Zeppelin.

Ms. Rosenbaum ran into Mr. Harrison, a 17-year-old skilled bass guitarist participant for the pop star Leo Sayer.

“I used to be like, ‘Wow, this woman from New York is gorgeous,’” Mr. Harrison recalled. “I used to be completely swept off my ft.”

For Ms. Rosenbaum, who mentioned she discovered him “lovely,” London quickly turned far more fascinating within the firm of Mr. Harrison.

“He was so candy and so gifted,” she mentioned. “We simply appeared to suit completely collectively.”

Whereas her buddy finally returned to New York, Ms. Rosenbaum stayed in England for almost two years with Mr. Harrison, leaving solely as soon as, for a three-month go to to Hong Kong, the place her dad and mom and sister had moved to for enterprise causes.

Ms. Rosenbaum, who mentioned that she and Mr. Harrison “had type of stopped courting however turned the very best of buddies,” moved to Los Angeles in 1972 to take a job within the film business overseeing the distribution of big-screen movies to theaters throughout the nation.

Two years later, Mr. Harrison was on tour in the USA and Ms. Rosenbaum went to see him play on the Troubadour, a nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif.

“I used to be solely 21 and he was solely 20, however simply seeing him once more made me notice I used to be nonetheless very a lot in love with him,” Ms. Rosenbaum mentioned. “So I went again to England to reside with him once more.”

One 12 months later, their relationship hit a bitter word when Mr. Harrison got here dwelling and informed Ms. Rosenbaum that he had met one other lady whereas on tour in America, and even worse, he was planning on marrying her.

“I used to be devastated, completely heartbroken,” Ms. Rosenbaum mentioned. “I believed to myself, ‘I’m too younger for all of this,’ and went again to Los Angeles.”

However, they saved in contact by means of the years, throughout which Ms. Rosenbaum turned engaged thrice, “however by no means made it to the end line,” as she put it.

“They have been all good guys, however I by no means felt for any of them the way in which I had felt for Charles,” she mentioned. “I simply knew that if I had married any of them, I’d have finally been divorced.”

In 2011, Ms. Rosenbaum acquired a cellphone name from Mr. Harrison, who informed her that he was now divorced and dwelling in Nashville, and that he nonetheless beloved her.

“I had been fascinated with Leslie for a very long time, and realized that I used to be nonetheless in love with my greatest mate,” he mentioned. “I knew that one thing was lacking from my life and I knew that one thing was her. She is essentially the most darling, treasured human being I had ever met and I referred to as to inform her that, and then I went to Los Angeles to inform her in particular person, and in doing so, I broke down and cried.”

Ms. Rosenbaum, although not sure at first, started courting Mr. Harrison long-distance, and finally moved to Nashville to reside with him once more. Final September, they have been in Central Park having lunch when Ms. Rosenbaum, who had been ready greater than 40 years to marry Mr. Harrison, may wait now not.

“I requested him to marry me,” she mentioned.

Mr. Harrison mentioned sure, however not earlier than he broke down and cried once more.



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