John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. – more famously known as Jon Bon Jovi – was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on March 2, 1962. Bon Jovi spent his youth in the Garden State, and is in fact a blood relative of another New Jersey-bred musician: Frank Sinatra. Though the soon-to-be rocker grew up in a Catholic household, he was a bit of a trouble maker, often skipping school as a teenager.
Bon Jovi developed a passion for music at a young age; he played in local bands with friends, and by the age of 16 was already playing clubs in the area. When he was 17 he worked at The Power Station, a recording studio run by his cousin. A few years after that, Bon Jovi recorded an original song titled Runaway. Finding a record company interested in the song proved difficult, until he approached WAPP 103.5 FM “The Apple” in New York City, who added the song to a compilation album of local talent. The song became an instant hit and ignited Bon Jovi’s music career.
Immediately after the success of Runaway, he was signed to Mercury Records. Under the band name “Bon Jovi,” he and his bandmates released a self-titled debut album in 1984. Bon Jovi eventually became an internationally recognized musical group, touring the world and releasing hit albums throughout the 1980s, ‘90s, and 2000s.
Bon Jovi worked with a number of other famous artists throughout his career, and even enjoyed a minor career as an actor. But it’s his musical creativity and engaging demeanor that has made him such a success. His stage presence and energetic, melody-driven tunes are still creating fans world wide. The New Jersey-native has accomplished countless feats in the music world, and continues to stay active today, at the young age of 54!