You may be familiar with Jon Bon Jovi’s music, but did you know about his life story? Jon Bon Jovi is the stage and screen name of John Francis Bongiovi Jr., an American singer, music producer, philanthropist, and performer. In 1983, he started and became the vocalist for the rock band Bon Jovi. With his band, he’s put out 15 studio albums, and he’s put out two solo ones.
Jon has had the opportunity to perform with numerous bands since he was a child. Jon Bon Jovi began playing live shows with his first band, Raze, at the age of 13 in 1975. When he was 16, he and David Bryan started the band “Atlantic City Expressway.” He continued to perform in bars as a member of various bands.
When “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” his first official album as lead vocalist on, became a huge hit, the five-piece eponymous band came into being.
Journey of his career
When he was seventeen, Jon worked as a janitor at Tony Bongiovi’s recording studio, Power Station. Tony Bongiovi suggested Jon for the song “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas” while Meco was there recording Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album in 1980. This became Jon’s first professional recording.
After that, it was suggested that he put his 1981 recording of “Runaway” on the album, which became a big hit. The debut single peaked at number 40 in the charts in both 1984 and 1985. By 1986, the band had sold 28 million copies of their third album, Slippery When Wet, and had acquired worldwide fame and fortune.
It was in 1990 that Jon’s solo career started to flourish. Jon produced the music to the movie Young Guns II, also known as Blaze of Glory, in 1990. Emilio Estevez first approached Bon Jovi about borrowing “Wanted Dead or Alive” as the theme song for his forthcoming Billy the Kid sequel. However, Jon Bon Jovi wrote a brand new theme song for the film’s soundtrack and, hence, released his debut solo album. The song received the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single in 1991and also received many nominations such as Golden Globe, Academy Award, and Grammy.
After the success of his debut album, Aldo Nova’s album “Blood on the Water” was produced by Jon Bon Jovi’s Jambco Records label.
Destination Anywhere was Bon Jovi’s second album release, and it came out in 1997. A short film was also made around the time that was based on the album’s songs, which made its television premiere on MTV and VH1 in the same year.
Bon Jovi created a soundtrack for the film Stand Up Guys, also known as “Not Running Anymore,” in 2012, which was nominated for The Golden Globe Award.
Jon produced A Jon Bon Jovi Christmas in 2020, which featured three new holiday songs from the eponymous band.
More than a musician
Jon is unquestionably a talented musician who has written numerous timeless tunes. With his fantastic tunes, he’s made his name in the music world. But he’s not just a musician; he excels in a variety of other professions as well. He’s appeared in several films and left an impression on the audience with his voice, face, and acting abilities.
He had contributed to the world of sports by becoming the owner of several football clubs, including the Philadelphia Soul and Buffalo Bills. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is the creation of this generous philanthropist who believes in giving back to the community.