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Rock Star Ties Knot at Las Vegas Chapel

May 3, 1989 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Rock star Jon Bon Jovi was married in a late-night ceremony in front of the Graceland Wedding Chapel, apparently in an homage to the late king of rock ‘n’ roll, church and county officials said.

John Bongiovi, 27, and Dorothea R. Hurley, 26, both of Rumson, N.J., obtained a marriage license Friday and were married by the Rev. George L. Cotton, the Clark County recorder’s office said Tuesday.

Bongiovi is Bon Jovi’s legal name.

Bon Jovi’s longtime manager, Doc McGhee, was unavailable to confirm his client had been wed. McGhee’s secretary, Melissa Madden, said Wednesday: ″We can’t confirm it, we can’t deny it.″

Gordon Wilson, operator of the Graceland Chapel, said a cab driver came to the establishment Friday night and asked for a tip to deliver an unidentified couple for a wedding. Wilson refused and the driver left. The couple remained in the cab, he said.

A short time later, Wilson received a call from Cotton, who said the same couple wanted to be married on an archway in front of the chapel.

Wilson agreed and the couple returned, with the minister, about 11:45 p.m. Friday.

″They insisted on being married at our chapel because of the name Graceland,″ Wilson said. The chapel is named after the Memphis, Tenn., home of the late Elvis Presley.

Las Vegas weddings are popular among the rich, the famous and the not-so- famous because of the glitter of the city, a tradition of celebrity weddings here and the fact Nevada law requires no waiting period.