Bon Jovi: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Bon Jovi is one of the most celebrated bands of the 1980s, and they have continued producing hits well into the 2000s. Though much of Bon Jovi’s career has been in the public eye, there are still many things that people do not know about the band and their lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Bon Jovi. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Jon Bon Jovi Is One of the World’s Highest-Selling Musicians. Over the course of his career, Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums all over the world. He has released 13 studio albums with his band, along with two solo albums.

Number Fourteen: He Is Charitable. Bon Jovi founded The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which is an organization devoted to helping families who have fallen into economic woes get back on their feet and face their issues. The foundation was founded in 2006.

Number Thirteen: He Has an Honorary Doctorate. In 2001, Bon Jovi was given an honorary Doctorate of Humanities. He received the honorary degree from Monmouth University.

Number Twelve: His Mom Was a Playboy Bunny. Bon Jovi was born in New Jersey to John Francis Bongiovi and Carol Sharkey. His mother, Carol Sharkey, was at one time a Playboy bunny.

Number Eleven: He Was Not Into School. Bon Jovi realized his musical prowess when he was just a teenager. Because he knew how talented he was, he began skipping school to focus on music. He would often get together with his cousin, Tony Bongiovi, to play in a recording studio.

Number Ten: He Was Part of Star Wars. In 1980, Bon Jovi was recommended by his cousin to be part of an album called Christmas in the Stars: The Star Wars Christmas Album. He was part of a song called “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and this was his very first professional recording.

Number Nine: He Was Turned Down. Bon Jovi went to Atlantic Records, Mercury (PolyGram), and several other record companies in search of a deal, but they all turned him down. We’re guessing they regret that decision now.