Jon Bon Jovi’s Birthday – March 2nd, 1962
Posted 3/2/2013 12:00:00 AM

Jon Bon Jovi’s Birthday – March 2nd, 1962

 

Conversation Starters:

  • Happy Birthday Jon Bon Jovi! What’s your favorite Bon Jovi song?
  • Today is Jon Bon Jovi’s birthday! What’s been your favorite era of Bon Jovi – 80s, 90s or today?
  • Jon Bon Jovi turns 51 today! Do you think the Bon Jovi front-man looks better than ever these days?

Fast Facts

  • Born John Francis Bongiovi Jr. on 3/2/1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • He has stated that he is a blood relative of Frank Sinatra
  • His nickname is Captain Kidd
  • He married his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley in 1989 and they have 4 children
  • At 17, he worked as a janitor at his cousin Tony Bongiovi’s recording studio: The Power Station
  • His first band was called Atlantic City Expressway (also in the band was Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan)
  • The first hit single Jon wrote was “Runaway” in 1980, which resulted in a recording contract with Mercury in 1983 and the formation of Bon Jovi
  • Bon Jovi was almost called “Johnny Lightning” but Jon rejected the name
  • By the time “Slippery When Wet” was recorded, Jon had lost some of his vocal range due to straining his vocal cords during Bon Jovi’s 1986-87 tour
  • He released a solo album in 1990 called “Blaze of Glory” which was the soundtrack to the movie “Young Guns II” and it went double platinum
  • Jon won a Golden Globe for the title track “Blaze of Glory” and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1991
  • He is a credited actor and has appeared in “Sex and the City”, “30 Rock”, “Las Vegas”, “The West Wing” and “Ally McBeal”
  • He has been in 12 movies, most recently “New Year’s Eve”
  • He owns a restaurant with his wife called Soul Kitchen in New Jersey, which allows diners to volunteer or pay what they can for their meal
  • He was the co-owner of the Arena Football League team –The Philadelphia Soul
  • He has feuded with Axl Rose
  • He loves cars and collects them
  • His mom Carol is the founder and operator of the Jon Bon Jovi Fan Club
  • Was named by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions in 2010
  • In 2012, Jon performed with Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi at the 12-12-12 Benefit Concert for Sandy Relief
  • As of 2013, Bon Jovi has a new album entitled What About Now due out on March 12th; the supporting “Because We Can Tour” kicked off this month

Discography (with Bon Jovi)

  • 1984 – Bon Jovi
  • 1985 – 7800 Fahrenheit
  • 1986 – Slippery When Wet
  • 1988 – New Jersey
  • 1992 – Keep the Faith
  • 1995 – These Days
  • 2000 – Crush
  • 2002 – Bounce
  • 2003 – This Left Feels Right
  • 2005 – Have a Nice Day
  • 2007 Lost Highway
  • 2009 – The Circle
  • 2012 – Inside Out?
  • 2013 – What About Now

 

Solo:

  • 1990 – Blaze of Glory
  • 1997 – Destination Anywhere
  • 1999 – Jon Bongiovi

Billboard Rankings (Solo)

-Billboard Top 200 (albums)

  • #3 in 1990 - Blaze Of Glory/Young Guns II

 

-Billboard Hot 100 (singles)

  • #1 in 1990 Blaze of Glory

 

RIAA and Certification Years (with Bon Jovi)

  • 7800 Fahrenheit (1987) – Platinum
  • Bon Jovi (1987) – Platinum
  • Keep The Faith (1994) – 2X Platinum
  • Slippery When Wet (1995) – 12X Platinum
  • These Days (1995) – Platinum
  • New Jersey (1996) – 7X Platinum
  • Crossroad (1998) – 4X Platinum
  • Crush (2000) – 2X Platinum
  • Bounce (2003) – Gold
  • Have A Nice Day (2005) – Platinum
  • Lost Highway (2007) – Platinum

Videos

Links

Sources

Ultimate Classic Rock posts the top 10 Bon Jovi songs

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