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Found a typo. First sentence of fourth paragraph. In addition, Jon Bon Jovi was the one of the founders and majority owners of the Arena Football League team Philadelphia Soul. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TharosTheDragon (talkcontribs) 21:40, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Oprah's Charity[edit]

Sorry just to update on this. I was watching this and he gave 1millon of his own money to Oprahs Charity and it was not from the band. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:36, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

This paragraph doesn't make any sense. It begins by stating that "The Bon Jovi Band" donated this amount and then describes it as the "highest amount by any single celebrity." If it was indeed the entire band, that's not exactly a "single celebrity" ...And the claim isn't even sourced so it can be checked. Varilux 23:31, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Dad is 100% Italian-American[edit]

Jon's father is Italian-American and Jon is the one who is half, not his father.


Editing of genre's. Currently, it displays: Glam metal, Hard Rock etc. That's Bon Jovi, not Jon Bon Jovi. His solo albums, are not glam metal, Blaze of Glory is almost country rock, with Destination Anywhere being almost pop-rock. Cleanup needed perhaps?


His ethnic ancestry is listed as Irish/Italian. However, I have read elsewhere that he has Portuguese ancestry also. Any details on that?

New Venture[edit]

Bon jovi obviously borrowed the idea of their name from van halen. John bongiovi changed his name to jon Bon jovi, to make the immitation credible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:23, 6 June 2012 (UTC) As the founder of Red Bank's Soul Kitchen, the category of American restaurateurs should be added to his profile. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:23, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

If you can find a verifiable source for that, feel free to add it to the bio section someplace. Alan 12:03, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Are you serious? It has been in the news! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:25, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

What is with his name being "lennox"??? ANything I have EVER read about jon Bon Jovi is his birth name is John Francis Bongiovi Jr. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:30, 7 December 2007 (UTC)

There is no evidence supporting a African American heritage. According to an interview with the Luso Americano Newspaper(A Newark based Newspaper) he is of Irish/Italian on his father's side and Portuguese from his mother. It's typical to have an American citizen with such a diverse background, but it leads to much confusion when it comes to setting up any accurate information. The Luso Americano Newspaper has online editions of their newspapers and can be contacted to confirm his heritage. User:V_Guyver 10:11, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

"Giovanni Francis Bongiovi" - Oyik —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:44, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

Needs alot of Clean Up[edit]

At the moment it is just a load of random facts in no particular order. I don't know enough about Jon to do it myself though, unfortunatly. How do you mark it for clean up? Eastlygod 01:02, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

I agree. His wife, for example, is as far as I know Dorothea Hurley and has always been Dorothea Hurley.

It's Dorothea Rose Hurley to be more precise... He's had some girlfriends (Diane Lane or Ladd, can't remember, was one of them)... But only 1 wife; Dorothea Rose Hurley.

Removed garbled English[edit]

I removed the a part in the Acting Career section that could not be understood. If somebody knows the details of this and can write in English, please rephrase. Original text: "On January 24, 2011 has been confirmed in the cast of the film New Year's Eve the director Garry Marshall, will play a successful rock star who is connected with the character of Katherine Heigl, a girlfriend who planted and it will become to meet face to face at a party.[1] On February 3, 2011 following the announcement that Jon Bon Jovi would be in the filming of New Year's Eve yesterday recorded several planes with actress Katherine Heigl in the restaurant Guastavino." 06:20, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

p.s. Anybody else find it amusing that the person saying this needs cleanup doesn't know that "a lot" is two words? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nerfer (talkcontribs) 06:20, 20 February 2011 (UTC)

...What the hell II[edit]

""The tour was a sellout and was a successful launch of his debut album called: Bon Jovi. This album included the classic hit, The summer of 69.""

Summer of 69?? Who does NOT know that's Bryan Adams, and not Bon Jovi?? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 12:20, 7 December 2006 (UTC).

...What the hell[edit]

Um , what the hell? "Jon Bon Jovi is a stud?" --Shiaobundan 19:51, 11 November 2006 (UTC) -- hello... why there is so little information about him? and about bon jovi the band... and why there is only the "guitar voacls harmonica remind? what with the piano?

THIS IS A JOKE This article is so riddled with factual errors and poor overall grasp on the subject matter it's an embarassment. Attempt to make legitimate and corrections and provide a comprehensive article on Jon Bon Jovi was met with a hand-slap from Wikipedia, a notification claiming the changes were inappropriate and was edited back to what you see here.

So if you're looking for reliable information, seek another source. There's so much wrong with this page, it's laughable.

19:51, 7 March 2007 (UTC) CJ

SOOO BAD[edit]

How does one go about changing this article? It's so bad and uncorrect to say the least! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 12:06, 20 March 2007 (UTC).

I've marked it for clean-up. You could change the incorrect things yourself. I don't know enough about Jon to do anything myself. Eastlygod 12:16, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

Re-write Tag[edit]

I've added a complete re-write tag as well, as I'm sure you'll agree, it needs it. Eastlygod 12:20, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

What a mess! I've attempted some cleanup today (shown here). Cleanup for WP:NPOV, added fact tags, removed unsourced potentially libelous material per WP:BLP, and attempted reorganization. I haven't read/resourced enough to do any better right now, but will try at a later time. If anyone else is willing to rewrite and source any sooner, I can certainly help with formatting. This gentleman certainly warrants much better than this. Cricket02 21:34, 2 July 2007 (UTC)
As an added note - I am tempted to remove ALL unsourced material and start over. Any thoughts, objections, comments?> Cricket02 21:44, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

ive started some clean up too, just a little bit here and there

Real Last Name[edit]

Is it really spelled like that? Because in the Italian alphabet there is no "J." HIS REAL MIDDLE NAME someone has aparently misspelled his middle name as well it francis not fracois this also needs to be changed the spelling of his last name is bongiovi john francis bongiovi. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gina8594 (talkcontribs) 18:33, August 23, 2007 (UTC).

Not married? no kids? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:59, 25 October 2007 (UTC)


This article has way too much info about the BAND and not JON. Exxolon 20:47, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Rock Music Assessment[edit]

Hi, I'm here to assess the article on behalf of WikiProject Rock music, as the article is unassessed by the project. I've seen the previous comments on this talk page, and welll, yeah, there's some problems. So here, let me list out just a few things that need to be corrected to improve the article:

  • Bon Jovi There's way too much information about the band Bon Jovi, not the man. Try removing most of this content (or merging it with the Bon Jovi article, if it's not there already) and using the main template (put in main|Bon Jovi before its section between {{ }}) to redirect the band part of the article to its article.
  • References For as long as the article is, I would recommend more sources. Of course, if the above issue gets resolved, this problem won't be as serious.
  • Original Research This ties right in to the references. Without references, much of this reads like original research. It may not be, but it certainly appears to be right now.
  • Lack of Content There's just not much here beyond the part about the band itself.

That said, I'm going to give this a Stub class rating. I know that the biography rating is Start-class, but with the Bon Jovi article, this article does not have much noteworthy content by itself. If you have questions or want me to reevaluate the article, say something on my talk page, because that is the only page I check regularly. Redphoenix526 (talk) 19:35, 23 January 2008 (UTC)


I'm no expert on this topic, but the following strikes me as rather suspect: "the son of Carol Sharkey, a former marine and Playboy Bunny, and John Francis Bongiovi, Sr., a hairdresser." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:51, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

This might be a little late in the day to be replying to this, but I've only just read this talk page. As unlikely as it may sound, that information is actually true! Sky83 (talk) 18:56, 20 December 2008 (UTC)


This does not belong into an encyclopedia: "In a September 2007 interview for Glamour Magazine Jon insulted Pete Docherty ("I've never heard a single one of his songs"), David Beckham ("past his prime"), Robbie Williams ("That guy couldn't even fill a bar") and Oasis ("couldn't fill a bar either - and they're full of themselves")."

Besides it is absolutely wrong and taken out of context. Here is the original interview from an English magazine from 2007:

CB (interviewer): Which British rock bands are you into? JBJ: Coldplay are the real deal I reckon... CB: Pete Doherty? JBJ: We are not familiar with anything other than Pete's antics and the fact that he is always in trouble - I've never heard a single one of his songs. CB: Yeees - neither has anyone else. Is Robbie Williams a star in america? JBJ: That guy? He couldn't fill a bar. He couldn't even sell 500 tickets... CB: And what about Oasis? JBJ: They couldn't fill a bar either - and they're full of themselves. [...] CW: You own a football team don't you? Do you think David Beckham is going to be an asset to LA Galaxy? JBJ: I don't know - is he past his prime? The fact is that soccer in America doesn't mean anything to anyone, and it's losing so much money. You can see what's happening a mile away - they're setting David Beckham up with all these movie stars like Tom Cruise and his wife's going to be on tv now, so they're priming the pump. But they have tried to make the sport cool before, and it didn't work. Beckham sure is handsome and talented guy, but that doesn't make him well known over here.

In 2008 an Australian magazine picked up these statements:

Interviewer: "There was a quote from the UK where you slagged off Robbie Williams and Oasis, saying they couldn't fill a club in the US . . .

JBJ: Of course the English took it out of context. They were talking about the success they (Robbie and Oasis) have had in America. I said they couldn't play a club there. I'm a huge Robbie fan, buy all his records, seen him live. But he couldn't play a big venue in America. It's not a slag at him, it's like, ‘‘Look how screwed up the industry is, he can't play a club here but he plays three Knebworths (outdoor stadium) in the UK'".

So I'm going to erase this passage from the entry because it is wrong and doesn't belong into an article! (talk) 12:56, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

  • You're wrong but you're also right. The way to deal with the situation was not to delete the content as you did (I since restored it) but to add the info as outlined above. I will source and add the content shortly to balance the coverage of this interview. Exxolon (talk) 21:27, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
    • I've added the reaction quote sourced to the australian source. If we can find a proper source for the quoted interview above (online is better, but we can source to the specific paper magazine issue we can cite that) then we can expand the initial section as well with better context. Googling only pulled up a Aerosmith fan forum reproduction of the interview - not reliable enough. Exxolon (talk) 21:40, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

songwriting credits[edit]

i dont know whether this is relevent for the article, although it is fairly significant, but JBJ co-written and co-produced Chers hit we all sleep alone, as well as producing the Cher song Bang Bang, both in 1987. i didnt put it in the article, i'll let you choose if you want it in or not... Sonnyandcherfan (talk) 12:03, 28 September 2008 (UTC)


Shouldn't there be a a list of films he has been in? Ijanderson (talk) 18:02, 1 January 2009 (UTC)

Voice Type?[edit]

Anyone have any information on what his voice type is? High baritone, Low tenor, high tenor, etc? —Preceding unsigned comment added by SolidSnake14180 (talkcontribs) 03:32, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

Tenor.--Greg D. Barnes (talk) 23:34, 23 July 2009 (UTC)

No source to claim on birthplace of his father[edit]

There is no source supporting the claim that his father was born in Italy or Sicily. Therefore, I'll be deleting that. TomNyj0127 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 07:39, 15 September 2009 (UTC).


"...yet he resented the lack of attention that was heaped on Jon..."
Umm, ok, this is bad grammar. If he really resented the lack of attention, it sounds as if he felt Mr. Bon Jovi was not getting enough attention. Is that really what you meant to say? I suspect that the answer is ..... no.

So what you should have written was either:

"...yet he resented the attention that was heaped on Jon..." "...yet he resented the lack of attention shown him..."

And by the way, no I did not have to write "...shown to him..." under example (B) above, in reference to Mr. Sambora; the reflexive preposition is implied in English (though not in a Romance language such as French), so is not required.

Oh and yes, I probably use bad grammar in this post but -- so what. I am not writing the article, you are, this is just a discussion area, so who cares if my grammar is sloppy. You should see the juvenile comments made by editors where I work, real crap; but that's not what gets published.

And finally ..... is this true? Did he say that? If so, can we get a reference? Even if in a 'fan magazine', there should be something to prove this. Thank you and have a nice day.

--Atikokan (talk) 17:12, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Jon versus Bon Jovi usage in article[edit]

It appears that the article's first name is used in lieu of his stage name which is contrary to Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_(biographies)#Pseudonyms.2C_stage_names_and_common_names. I corrected one paragraph but the rest of the article needs to be checked and/or corrected. --Morenooso (talk) 07:31, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

Stray edit entitled Let It Rain with Luciano Pavarotti and friends[edit]

It appears that this edit is valid but misplaced. I believe it is a single but unsure where it should be moved to. Help?--Morenooso (talk) 19:44, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Jon's Vocal Range[edit]

Okay. I only play a little keyboards. but I wanna know Jon's range. In Work For The Working Man he hits a B2 and in Livin On A Prayer he hits an Eb5 in full voice. So is his vocal range B2-Eb5? AttilaBrady (talk) 23:01, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

I don't know but he hit mega-high ranges in his first album, way higher than Livin on a Prayer. (talk) 07:17, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

His vocal range has substantially reduced at some point. For the last few years he's been unable to hit the highest notes in Livin' On A Prayer, and in live performances he just skips them, leaving it to the audience to sing them. Always sounded like he wasn't using proper technique for those notes, and I understand it's been causing vocal cord damage that has now caught up with him. This information ought to go in the article (and probably also in the article for the song); need a reference. 2001:8B0:80D:0:0:0:0:1 (talk) 08:46, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

"Bunking School"[edit]

Should an article about an American require American readers use a British slang dictionary? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:59, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

Albums Sold[edit]

Hello, I'm seeing lately that have people changing the text of the page and I'm correcting all the times that change, the band has sold 120 million copies, not 130 as this in the text on the main page, please i would like for someone to tidy me and now my thanks. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:33, 7 May 2011 (UTC)


Repeated vandalism by ticohector: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:49, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Bon Jovi proposal[edit]

I have proposed the creation of a WikiProject Bon Jovi here. If you would like to join or give input, please comment there. Thanks! Toa Nidhiki05 19:51, 18 November 2011 (UTC)

2011 Death Hoax[edit]

Tons of sites sparked a death hoax for Jon Bon Jovi. It might be newsworthy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:50, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

This has been making the rounds on Facebook and blogs. Here is a link to another story attempting to discredit the hoaxers: [1] Rickvaughn Rick 22:51, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

Death hoaxes are part and parcel of being famous... happens all the time and rarely amounts to something notable beyond a curiosity.---Balloonman Poppa Balloon 23:14, 19 December 2011 (UTC)
At this point, it isn't worth mentioning in the biography. However, the Twitter frenzy got so bad today that Jon Bon Jovi had to send out a photo of himself holding a dated handwritten cardboard sign, like a kidnap victim or a homeless guy. Sad. It's a reminder of how important it is for us to be exceptionally cautious about hopping on the hot rumor train. People care about their favorite celebrities, and turn to us for the facts when hot rumors fly. We should strive to never spread false rumors.Cullen328 Let's discuss it 06:26, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Edit request on 29 February 2012[edit]

There are several times Jon is misspelled as John (talk) 06:26, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done 'John~' appears 21 times; seven in other peoples' names (including his father), several in names of bands or where it specifies how he was credited, twice giving his full birthname, and the remainder before using 'Jon' as a stage name; as such, each looks correct. Dru of Id (talk) 06:59, 29 February 2012 (UTC)


This article and none of the others ab singers, describe the type of voice e.g. lead singer Jon Bon Jovi has , pls add (base, baratone, tenor) - Hiram Tire VI , ~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:51, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

In Scandal[edit]

I was reading this page about the band Scandal [[2]] stating that Jon Bon Jovi was a member for a short time. I didn't find any information on this page about it. Is it true?

Orphaned references in Jon Bon Jovi[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Jon Bon Jovi's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "riaa":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 19:28, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request - daughter's drug issue[edit]

I feel that the sentence "In November 2012, his oldest daughter was arrested after allegedly overdosing on heroin.[30]" should be immediately removed from the Personal life section. First, this article is about Jon Bon Jovi, not his child. Second, the charges were dropped as evidenced by many reliable sources, such as this one. Either way, it has no place in this article. Thanks. -- (talk) 14:31, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Per WP:BLP policy, this should never have been added in the first place - the article isn't about Jovi's daughter. I have removed it. AndyTheGrump (talk) 14:50, 22 November 2012 (UTC)

Dorothea Hurley[edit]

Is Jon's wife, Dorothea Hurley, a relative of former college and pro basketball player Bobby Hurley? Marc S., Dania Fl74.166.156.250 (talk) 03:10, 25 November 2012 (UTC)

Edit request - fix Academy Awards link[edit]

Can someone fix the link in the Academy Awards section? It's pointing to the American Music Awards. Should point to this page instead. Thanks!

Done RudolfRed (talk) 03:18, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

Bon Jovi name inspiration[edit]

I think they should add Santana as a famous last name band. Dokken is cool but I don't think they're quite as well known as Van Halen or Santana. Just a thought. (talk) 07:18, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^