Bon Jovi Trivia

Posted by Terry | November 8, 2008

Jon Bon Jovi is an American musician, songwriter and actor. As lead singer and founder of the rock band Bon Jovi, he has sold over 120 million albums worldwide with his band and 10 million albums as a solo artist. (August 2008). Want more? Read on….

Fast facts

  • Name: John Francis Bongiovi, Jr
  • Birthday: March 2, 1962
  • Parents served in the U.S. Marines.
  • Met his wife, Dorothea, in a high-school history class.
  • For his first professional recording gig, he sang vocals on the 1980 holiday album Christmas in the Stars.
  • Helped launch the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League in 2004.
  • Hit “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” was used in a 2006 tourism campaign for his home state of New Jersey.
  • With Enrique Iglesias, kicked off the NFL season in Times Square. (July, 2002)
  • In 2006 his band, Bon Jovi became the first rock band to have a number one hit on the country charts.
  • Shares a birthday with Coldplay singer Chris Martin.
  • Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and David Bryan were all born in the same hospital by the same doctor
  • Likes wearing casual clothes, jeans and shirts.
  • Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. (1996)
  • His song Livin’ On A Prayer is ranked #1 on VH1′s list of The 100 Greatest Songs Of The Eighties.
  • Ranked #13 on VH1′s 100 Sexiest Artists.
  • Ranked #76 on VH1′s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists along with Bon Jovi.
  • He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Monmouth University in 2001.
  • His band Bon Jovi were discovered when they won a local New York City(WAPP The Apple 103.5 now defunct) radio station contest in the early 80′s. The winning song was the now classic hit Runaway.
  • Jon Bon Jovi’s “patchwork” coat, worn during the New Jersey Tour, designed by legendary stage clothing designer Ray Brown, is on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH along with the Motorcycle used in the ‘Miracle’ video
  • The Bands song “Livin’ On A Prayer” will be featured in Guitar Hero: World Tour and in Rock Band 2
  • Helped Barack Obama and the Democrats haul in an estimated $3 million at a fund-raiser at the singer’s home in Middletown, NJ. (September 6, 2008)

Influences:

Relationships

  • Anthony Bongiovi – Brother
  • Carol Bongiovi – Mother
  • Dorothea Hurley Bon Jovi – Wife
  • Jacob Hurley Bon Jovi – Son
  • Jesse James Bon Jovi – Son
  • John Francis Bongiovi – Father
  • Matthew Bongiovi – Brother
  • Romeo Jon Bon Jovi – Son
  • Stephanie Rose Bon Jovi – Daughter

Awards

  • 1985: Kerrang: Sex Object Of The Year
  • 1987: Metal Edge Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Male Performer
  • 1989: American Music Award: Best Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group; award shared with his band
  • 1990: Golden Globe: Best Song, Blaze of Glory (from Young Guns II soundtrack)
  • 1990: Academy Awards: Nominated, Original Song, “Blaze of Glory” (from Young Guns II soundtrack)
  • 1990: Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Song) – Nominee
  • 1991: ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for YOUNG GUNS II – Blaze of Glory
  • 1991: MTV Michael Jackson: Video Vanguard Award; shared with his band
  • 1991: Golden Globe: Best Original Song – Motion Picture – Winner
  • 1996: Sky Sport: Special Olympics Awards.
  • 1997: Kerrang Awards: Classic Songwriter.
  • 1997: MTV Europe Music Awards: Best Male
  • 1998: Brit awards: Best International Male
  • 1998: ECHO: Best International Male Artist
  • 2000: People: Sexiest Rock Star
  • 2001: Humanitarian of the Year by The Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties for his charitable work on behalf of the people of New Jersey
  • 2001: Honorary doctorate in Humanities degree from Monmouth University in New Jersey, for his success as an entertainer and his humanitarian work
  • 2002: People: Sexiest Rock Star
  • 2002: My VH1 Music Awards: From The Tour to The Tube – Best TV for Ally McBeal”
  • 2003: People: Sexiest Rock Star
  • 2004: American Music Awards: Received the Award of Merit for their long career
  • 2005: World Music Awards:KUMAD Received the Diamond Award for sales of 100+ million albums
  • 2006: Help USA: Tribute Dinner Honnores
  • 2006: Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame
  • 2006: Grammy: Best Country Collaboration With Vocals – Winner
  • 2007: Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” (with Jennifer Nettles)
  • 2008: VH1 The Greatest: 100 Sexiest Artists (20 – 1): 14th Sexiest Artist
  • 2008: MTV1 The Best: Best Selling Song Of The Decade 1980. Most popular rock song since 1980-s to Present

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