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Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., 02.03.1962)
Jon Bon Jovi is an American singer-songwriter and producer famous for being the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi: Childhood
Jon Bon Jovi was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. His parents are former Marines John Francis Bongiovi, Sr., a barber, and Carol Sharkey, a florist and former Playboy Bunny.
He was raised a Catholic and claims to be a related to Frank Sinatra.
He attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey before transferring to Sayreville War Memorial High School in Parlin.
He had poor academic grades, preferring to spend his time in bands with friends and with his cousin Tony Bongiovi who owned the recording studio The Power Station. He started playing in clubs at 16 and has belonged to the bands Atlantic City Expressway, The Rest, The Lechers and John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones.
His first recording was when Tony suggested he record ‘R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ when Meco was recording ‘Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album’.
Jon Bon Jovi: Musical career
In 1982, he recorded a track called ‘Runaway’ with the band The All Star Review. He was turned down by Atlantic Records and Mercury (PolyGram). He persuaded rock radio station WAPP 103.5FM ‘The Apple’ to include his song on their compilation album of local talent. It became a local hit and in 1983, he signed with Mercury records.
He enlisted David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres for his band – a neighbour of his, Dave Sabo, was to play lead guitar but he was soon replaced by Richie Sambora. They called themselves Bon Jovi following band names of the likes of Van Halen and Dokken – they were originally to be called Johnny Electric.
Their self-titled first album came out in 1984 while their breakthrough moment came with album number two ‘Slippery When Wet’. 1988’s fourth album ‘New Jersey’ was also a hit.
He and Sambora assisted in the production of Cher's self-titled album in 1987 as well as co-writing her single ‘We All Sleep Alone’ and co-producing her 1989 album ‘Heart of Stone’. They also produced and co-wrote ‘Hell Is Living Without You’ for Alice Cooper's album ‘Trash’.
On their Slippery When Wet Tour in 1987, Jon had to take steroid shots to help him sing when his vocal cords stopped functioning normally. The extensive touring caused rifts in the band due to physical and mental exhaustion – their New Jersey Tour saw them play more than 232 shows.
He recorded the soundtrack to 'Young Guns II' aka 'Blaze of Glory' and also composed the theme song for the ‘Billy the Kid’ sequel soundtrack.
His first solo album, 'Blaze of Glory', featured Elton John, Little Richard and Jeff Beck and the title track shot to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It also awarded him a Golden Globe and nominations for an Oscar and a Grammy.
He started his own label, Jambco Records, in 1991 producing albums for Aldo Nova and Billy Falcon. In the same year, he fired Bon Jovi manager Doc McGhee in favour of Bon Jovi Management.
The band recorded ‘Keep the Faith’ in 1992 and he soon cut his famous hair and made the move to a more ‘mature’ rock sound.
His second solo album ‘Destination Anywhere’ in 1997 included a short movie based on the songs starring himself, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Whoopi Goldberg.
The band released ‘Crush’ in 2000 and gained a younger fan following with single ‘It's My Life’.
In 2012, Jon recorded the soundtrack to ‘Stand Up Guys’ also known as ‘Not Running Anymore’.
Jon Bon Jovi: Other career ventures
Jon Bon Jovi has also enjoyed an acting career including in 'Moonlight and Valentino', 'The Leading Man', 'Destination Anywhere', 'U-571' and 'National Lampoon's Pucked'. He has also appeared in TV shows such as ‘ Sex and the City’, ‘30 Rock’ and ‘Ally McBeal’.
He has worked with various charities including Habitat for Humanity of which he is the first Founding Ambassador. He has helped build homes in Philadelphia and shot the video for Bon Jovi single ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ there. He donated $1 million to build homes in Louisiana after a hurricane devastated the coast.
He has founded his own non-profit organisation called The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which helps to tackle economic issues in families in an attempt to combat poverty.
Jon Bon Jovi: Personal life
Jon Bon Jovi is a democrat and has been involved in many events supporting democratic presidential candidates over the years.
He secretly married high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley in 1989 at Las Vegas' Graceland Wedding Chapel. They have 4 children; 19-year-old Stephanie Rose, 18-year-old Jesse James Louis, 10-year-old Jacob Hurley and 8-year-old Romeo Jon.
In 2004, he became the owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He is also a fan of the Australian soccer team, Melbourne Heart FC.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Seriously? These guys have never been named Sexiest Man Alive?
So Dwayne Johnson was named People's Sexiest Man Alive this year; a decision that has been the source of both praise and confusion. Praise because he's an excellent role model with enormous muscles and because he's mixed race, and confusion because all the obvious choices haven't been exhausted yet.
Here are ten more Hollywood heartthrobs who deserve to be named 'Sexiest Man Alive' sooner rather than later.
Leonardo Dicaprio at the 2016 Oscars
Jon Bon Jovi has never had any doubt there would be a comeback album for his namesake band Bon Jovi.
Jon Bon Jovi has never had any doubt there would be a comeback album.
The 54-year-old rock musician ahs admitted he knew Bon Jovi would release more songs, despite leaving fans waiting for three years to unveil their latest LP 'This House Is Not For Sale'.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Jon - who is joined by Tico Torres and David Bryan in the 'Bad Medicine' group - said: ''Fortunately I've been blessed to be prolific enough that I can spit burning bridges out in a couple of weeks and then we made this record.''
Continue reading: Jon Bon Jovi Never Doubted Bon Jovi's Future
The rock star was put on the spot by a Miami wedding band to sing a smooth jazz version of his 1986 hit with them - and he agreed.
‘80s rock star Jon Bon Jovi got a little more than he bargained for when he attended a friend’s wedding in Miami last weekend, as he was press-ganged into joining the wedding band on-stage to sing his iconic hit ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’.
A fellow guest captured the moment on YouTube, which came as a surprise not only to everybody at the wedding reception but also to Bon Jovi himself, who had no idea he was going to be put on the spot. Like a thoroughly good sport, however, he took to the stage alongside a band led by local jazz musician Lourdes Valentin and lent his vocals to a specially arranged version of his 1986 hit.
Jon Bon Jovi was persuaded to join a wedding band on-stage to sing 'Livin' On A Prayer'
Restoring faith in humanity.
There's nothing better than seeing a world famous superstar humble themselves enough to visit one of their biggest fans, and Jon Bon Jovi is the latest to do just that when he took time out of his busy schedule to hang out with a woman currently struggling with stage four lung cancer.
Jon Bon Jovi makes time for his number one fan
The 'Livin' on a Prayer' singer went to his restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River, New Jersey on Saturday (June 25th 2016) to meet Carol Cesario, a superfan whose currently undergoing treatment for lung cancer. The visit was (almost) a total surprise for Carol, whose daughter Rosie Skripkunis arranged the whole thing secretly.
No official reason has been given for the short-notice cancellations, but it's believed to be down to the band's use of an image of the Dalai Lama in their live shows five years ago.
Authorities in China have decided to pull the plug on Bon Jovi’s first ever gigs in the country for “unforeseen reasons”, although some reports suggest that the last-minute decision has been taken because the band used an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop to their gig in Taiwan in 2010.
Bon Jovi was scheduled to perform two concerts in China next week, in Shanghai on Monday and Beijing on Thursday. No official reason has been offered as to why the authorities have intervened at such a late stage, but the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (September 9th) that the group’s use of a picture of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was the most likely reason behind the cancellation.
Continue reading: China Mysteriously Cancels Bon Jovi Gigs
Jon Bon Jovi - Opening night of the Broadway musical Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre - Arrivals. at Richard Rodgers Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 6th August 2015
Orlando Bloom may have got the first punch in, but who wants the second?
We're pretty sure that Orlando Bloom has managed to win over a good few thousand more fans after striking a fierce blow in the direction of Justin Bieber's head, but we can think of quite a few other stars who wouldn't mind a go either.
Come and have a go!
The story goes that Bieber met the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor at Cipriani restaurant in Miami where he extended a hand which Bloom did not shake. Then things start to get a bit sketchy: some sources claim he said, 'She was good' to Bloom, in reference to his alleged relationship with his ex-wife Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, while TMZ claims Bieber shouted 'What's up, bitch?' at the actor. Either way, eyewitnesses reveal Bloom threw a good punch at the singer - to most of the audience's utter delight by the sound of things - though it still isn't clear whether or not any damage was caused.
Continue reading: Five Other Celebs Who Probably Want To Punch Justin Bieber
What would you do if Taylor Swift crashed your bridal shower or Jon Bon Jovi walked you down the asile?
Earlier this week Taylor Swift decided to give one lucky fan the surprise of her life when she turned up unexpectedly at her bridal shower. For many fans, meeting your favourite celebrity is a pretty special moment, but having them turn up somewhere unexpectedly just to surprise you is a unforgettable experience. It might only happen to a lucky few, but here are five unexpectedly awesome times a celebrity has surprised one of their biggest fans.
Taylor Swift became the surprise guest of honour at a fan's bridal shower
Continue reading: Taylor Swift And 5 Awesome Unexpected Celebrity Fan Surprises
American author and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver and rockstar Jon Bon Jovi are seen arriving on the red carpet at the New York premiere of HBO documentary movie 'Paycheck To Paycheck: The Life And Times Of Katrina Gilbert'. They greet Katrina Gilbert herself, who attends the event with her three children, and pose for photos with her alongside CBS 'This Morning' co-anchor Gayle King. Other arrivals included feminist activist Gloria Steinem, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins and news anchor Hoda Kotb.
The veteran rockers may have suffered some turbulence in their ranks, but that hasn't stopped them bringing in the Benjamins
Bon Jovi made over $205m (£125m) collectively over the last twelve months of being on tour; an impressive amount by all means, ensuring they finish 2013 as the highest grossing touring group of the year. Since January, the band have performed 90 sets to over two million fans, according to Billboard's yearly rankings, with each show a sell-out, making them easy victors in this year's rankings.
Bon Jovi performed to millions of people across the globe and made millions back in return
The Michael Jackson-inspired 'Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour' by Cirque Du Soleil came in second and despite not scoring a single sell-out performance, they contortionists still managed to bring in $157m Third and fourth place was decided by a few (hundred) thousand, with Pink edging out Bruce Springsteen for the No. 3 spot. Her 114 shows in 2013, 111 of which sold out, earned the singer $147.9m as she performed to over 1.5 million people across the globe. Springsteen saw his 53 tours sell out in 36 locations, with over 1.3 million people paying a combined $147.6m to see The Boss.
Continue reading: Bon Jovi Record Highest Earning World Tour Of 2013
This actually happened...Prince William, Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the Winter Whites charity gala.
Prince William has kicked off what is sure to be a flourishing career in music by forming a band with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift. Well, sort of: the Prince and Taylor joined Jon Bon Jovi onstage during the Winter Whites charity gala, hosted by the Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, to raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint.
Swift Performed With Prince William At The Glittering Charity Event.
The pair leapt up on to the festive stage as Bon Jovi started playing an acoustic version of his band's mega-hit 'Livin On A Prayer.' Taylor began to elegantly sway in time to the music whilst William adjusted his bow tie and cuffs in a James Bond style before the big chorus. Taylor and Wills leant into the microphone - the Prince tentative at first - before belting out the "Woooahh livin' on a prayer" line from the chorus.
Date of birth
2nd March, 1962
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