Happy 55th Birthday to John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. AKA Jon Bon Jovi!
Jon Bon Jovi Quick Facts
- Jon Bon Jovi was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
- He has two brothers, Anthony and Matthew
- During school time, Jon would often skip class to take part in music activities
- By the time he was 16, Jon was playing clubs. He soon joined up with keyboardist David Bryan, who played with him in a ten-piece rhythm and blues band called Atlantic City Expressway. He also performed with bands called The Rest, The Lechers and John Bongiovi and the Wild Ones.
- In June 1982, Jon Bon Jovi recorded a song called Runaway.
- Mercury Records gave Bon Jovi a recording contract in 1983, and to promote Runaway, Bon Jovi called David Bryan who in turn called bassist Alec John Such and drummer Tico Torres. Tapped to play lead guitar was Jon Bon Jovi’s neighbor Dave Sabo, who later formed the group Skid Row. Sabo was eventually replaced by Richie Sambora.
- He founded The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in 2006, a non-profit organization that focuses their efforts on the issues of hunger and homelessness in the United States
- During the New Jersey Syndicate Tour in 1989, Jon secretly took a trip to Las Vegas to marry his school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley.
- He has four children with Dorothea; a daughter, Stephanie Rose (born May 31, 1993), and three sons, Jesse James Louis (born February 19, 1995), Jacob Hurley (born May 7, 2002) and Romeo Jon (born March 29, 2004).
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JON BON JOVI