Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi

Rock Singer

John Francis Bongiovi Jr., known professionally as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. He is best known as the founder and frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi, which was formed in 1983. He has released 15 studio albums with his band as well as two solo albums.

Full Name
John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.
Mar 2, 1962
5′ 9″
Net Worth


Jon Bon Jovi was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. on March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He is the oldest of three children born to parents John Francis Bongiovi Sr., a hairdresser and former Marine Corps sergeant, and Carol Sharkey, a former florist. His Italian-American heritage has roots in Sicily and Genoa.

Bon Jovi began singing during his childhood years in various church choirs as well as performing at weddings and parties with his cousins Tony Bongiovi and Dave Sabo (the latter later became one of the founding members of the popular heavy metal band Skid Row). He received his first guitar for Christmas when he was 13 years old and started taking lessons shortly after.

In 1983, Bon Jovi formed the band that would become his namesake. The group released their self-titled debut album in 1984 with hits such as “Runaway” and “She Don’t Know Me.” With their second album “7800° Fahrenheit” (1985), they gained more attention throughout the United States and Canada with songs like “In & Out Of Love” and “Livin On A Prayer.” Their third album Slippery When Wet (1986) featuring two hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer" brought them international success, selling over 28 million copies worldwide. 

Bon Jovi has gone on to release 12 studio albums since then which have sold more than 130 million copies worldwide including hits like “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Bad Medicine,” “Always,” “It's My Life,” and many others. He has also pursued an acting career with roles in such films as U-571 (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Cry Wolf (2005) and New Year's Eve (2011). In 2018 Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside other iconic music acts such as Radiohead, Dire Straits and The Moody Blues.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1962</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">John Francis Bongiovi Jr. is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On March 2, 1962, John Francis Bongiovi Jr. was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1982</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Band with High School Friends</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Forms the rock band Bon Jovi with high school friends Dave Sabo and Alec John Such.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Bon Jovi releases their debut album, Bon Jovi, which goes on to be certified five times platinum.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Slippery When Wet Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The band's third album Slippery When Wet is released and goes on to become one of the most successful albums of all time.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1994</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Makes Acting Debut in Moonlight and Valentino</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Bon Jovi makes his film debut in Moonlight and Valentino.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2006</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Bon Jovi is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> His Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jon Bon Jovi has created some of the most iconic rock anthems in history. From "Livin' on a Prayer" to "It's My Life," he has consistently provided fans with amazing music for decades.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> His Personality</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jon Bon Jovi has always been known for his easy going personality and great sense of humor. He is also very generous, having done numerous charity work throughout his career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> His Longevity</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jon Bon Jovi has been around for over 40 years and is still going strong. He shows no signs of slowing down, and continues to tour and record new music regularly.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started out as a Barber</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming a rock star, Jon Bon Jovi worked as a barber in his father's barbershop in Sayreville, New Jersey.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> First Band was Called Atlantic City Expressway</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jon Bon Jovi's first band was called Atlantic City Expressway and they released their first album in 1981.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Has His Own Record Label</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jon Bon Jovi has his own record label, JBJ Records, which he founded in 2003.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Won an Oscar Nomination</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jon Bon Jovi won an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for the song "Blaze of Glory" from the movie Young Guns II.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Has His Own Restaurant</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jon Bon Jovi owns and operates his own restaurant, the Soul Kitchen located in Red Bank, New Jersey.</p></div>


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