On July 1st 1983 a New Jersey-based quintet calling themselves Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram’s Mercury Records, although they had also been considering the name Johnny Electric.
The group have since sold over 130 million records worldwide and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.
From signing up to breaking through in a big way took three albums, with Slippery When Wet selling 20 million copies. The album included three Top 10 singles, two of which, You Give Love A Bad Name and Livin’ On A Prayer, hit number 1.
Bon Jovi’s success has been built on a strong work ethic and commitment to touring where their live shows have been among the biggest box office earners around the world.
They haven’t let the current pandemic stop them either with their Drive-In Nights scheduled for late summer this year.
The band were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the US Rock Hall of Fame in 2018. Meanwhile Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.
So why not check out the dedicated Bob Jovi station and while you’re there see who else grabs you in the Rock genre.
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