The band Bon Jovi was formed in New Jersey in 1983. The lineup includes Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald. Bon Jovi is a member of UK Music Hall of Fame since 2006. It’s mostly famous for such songs as “Livin’ On a Prayer”, “Always”, “It’s My Life”, and “Have a Nice Day”.
The band was established by Jon Bon Jovi (born on 2nd March 1962). He started playing music when he was just 13 years old. After finishing high school, Jon began frequenting Power Station recording studio, where he managed to create several demo albums and mail them out to recording labels. One of his songs “Runaway” made its way to the radio and Jon decided to create a band. In 1983, Bon Jovi signed a contract with PolyGram and soon performed as an opening act for ZZ Top at Madison Square Garden.
In 1984, the group released their first album Bon Jovi, which was immediately successful, reaching the 44th spot on Billboard 200. The group went on tours all over America and Europe together with such celebrities as Scorpions, Whitesnake, and Kiss.
The second album 7800° Fahrenheit was just as successful but wasn’t received well by the critics. The musicians put two and two together, didn't perform the songs from that album at concerts, and invited Desmond Child as the songwriter for their next LP.
In 1986, Bon Jovi released their most successful album to date Slippery When Wet. The LP topped a big variety of charts and sold a whopping 28 million copies worldwide. Six singles from that album, including “I’ll Be There For You” and “Lay Your Hands On Me” got into top-10 of several world charts.
Each next album released by the band became a huge hit. They went through slight lineup changes and invited various guest artists. The group released 66 singles, 13 studio albums, and14 video albums. Each one of their LPs sold at least a million copies worldwide.
As opposed to a majority of bands, Bon Jovi hasn’t lost its popularity over the years. Their last album to date The House is Not for Sale (2016) was a big hit, topping Billboard 200, ARIA, and Canadian Albums Chart. The group continues to record new songs and performs live.