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Bon Jovi is an American rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. It was formed in 1983 by lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, pianist and keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, lead guitarist Phil X and bassist Hugh McDonald. The line-up changed when they dismissed bassist Alec John Such in 1994 and when longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left in 2013.
Bon Jovi released their eponymous debut album in 1984, generating a top 40 hit with the original version of "Runaway". The following year, "7800 Fahrenheit" was released and went gold. The projects were a prelude to the band's 1986 breakthrough set, "Slippery When Wet". Supported by several appealing, straightforward videos that received heavy rotation on MTV, the record took off on the strength of "You Give Love a Bad Name", followed quickly by "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive". Those three top 10 hits helped propel "Slippery When Wet" to sales of nine million in the U.S. alone, establishing Bon Jovi as superstars in their home country. The album also turned into a significant hit in Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Bon Jovi then followed it up with 1988's "New Jersey", which sold five million copies and spawned two No. 1 singles "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You" as well as top 10 hits like "Born to Be My Baby", "Lay Your Hands on Me" and "Living in Sin". Following an international tour to promote the set, the band went on hiatus. During the time off, Jon Bon Jovi wrote the soundtrack for "Young Guns II", which was released in 1990. The soundtrack album produced two hit singles, the title track that reached No. 1 on singles chart and "Miracle" which earned several Grammy and Oscar nominations.
The following year, Bon Jovi reunited to record their fifth album, "Keep the Faith", which was released in the fall of 1992. While the album failed to match the success of its predecessors, it did spawn a hit called "Bed of Roses". A greatest-hits album called "Cross Road" appeared in 1994 and yielded another top 10 ballad, "Always".
Following Alec John Such's departure, Hugh McDonald was hired as an unofficial member to fill in for him. He was featured prominently in the band's next album. Released in the fall of 1995, "These Days" turned into another top 10 album in the U.S. It also reached No. 1