10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bon Jovi

October 26, 2016 11:08 AM

(Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

(Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)


Bon Jovi is one of rock and roll’s legendary acts. Having stood the test of time for decades now, there are fans, and then there are ultimate fans. But, even the hard-core fans don’t know everything about the band, or the main himself.
 


 
(Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

(Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)


1.) Bon Jovi Was Almost Called Johnny Electric

It was the mid-80’s and when the band began and started off, they originally wanted to be named, ‘Johnny Electric,’ but they smartly followed the example of other famous two word bands like Van Halen and became known as Bon Jovi instead.
 


 
2.) Bon Jovi Is Not His Real Name

Bon Jovi was actually born John Francis Bongiovi Jr. in the early 60’s in New Jersey. Knowing that he wanted to become a big rock star, he formed his band and shortened his name to just Bon Jovi.
 


 
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(Credit: Steven Cashmore/shutterstock)


3.) Bon Jovi Is One Of The Highest Selling Musicians Of All Time

Throughout the course of Bon Jovi’s career, he has sold more than 130 million albums. Yes, MILLIONS. And, the albums were not just sold in the U.S. Bon Jovi sold these throughout the world and has become a global phenomenon. Bon Jovi has released over 13 albums with his iconic band.
 


 
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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


4.) Bon Jovi Definitely Did Not Support Donald Trump For The 2016 Presidential Election

Like other many celebrities, Republicans, and Democrats, Bon Jovi is definitely not a fan of Donald Trump. In fact, Bon Jovi has gone around the country along with others like Jay Z, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and others to put on concerts in support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
 


 
5.) Jon Bon Jovi’s Mother Was A Playboy Bunny

We all think of Jon Bon Jovi and his critical acclaim on stage, but we don’t often think of his roots. It turns out that his mother, Carol Sharkey worked in the day in the Playboy Club’s ‘Playroom’ alongside Gloria Steinem, as well as Lauren Hutton.
 


 
(Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

(Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT via Getty Images)


6.) Jon Bon Jovi Was Turned Down A Lot Before He Became Famous

Before Jon Bon Jovi became the hit wonder he became in the 80’s, big record companies like Atlantic Records Mercury (PolyGram), and several other record companies turned him down when he was in search of a record deal. We’re guessing those individuals are regretting that decision today!
 


 
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(credit: yakub88/shutterstock)


7.) The Band Almost Gave Away One Of Their Most Famous Songs

Jon Bon Jovi’s single, “You Give Love a Bad Name,” was almost given away to the band Loverboy. They came to their senses and decided to keep it for themselves, and the song has become one of their biggest hits.
 


 
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(Credit: yakub88/shutterstock)


8.) The U.S. And The Rest Of The World Have Vastly Different Tastes When It Comes To Bon Jovi Songs

Although most American Bon Jovi fans are huge proponents of albums like ‘Slippery When Wet’ and ‘New Jersey,’ throughout Europe, Australia and Japan they band is actually more famous for their 2000 album ‘Crush,’ which sold nearly twice as many copies overseas.
 


 
9.) Bon Jovi Created New Versions Of Their Big Hits On Their 2003 Album “This Left Feels Right”

In 2004, Bon Jovi sought to be unique. Although they created a great album in “This Left Feels Right,” with hit songs, they worked with songs like “Living on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and more and re-imagined them in a different way. Bon Jovi re-did all the songs in newer styles, and although it was not a hit, it remains underrated.
 


 
10.) Bon Jovi Founded And Was An Owner Of An Arena Football League

Jon Bon Jovi is a big sports fan. While most celebrities will throw their money into big leagues like the National Football League or Major League Baseball, Bon Jovi invested his money elsewhere. As a big sports fan from New Jersey, he became more famous around 2004 with his involvement in founding and becoming the owner of the Philadelphia Soul. The Soul were an Arena Football League team which he helped promote through his celebrity status. Although he is no longer the owner of the Soul, he has continued to try to involve himself in professional sports.


 

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