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In March 2, 1962, a man named John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was born. In the 80s, he mesmerized people with his music and well, his music. [firstpara] Oh ok. He also acted in some movies and TV shows. But it’s the man with the raspy and powerful voice wearing a leather chaleko that caused people to bob their heads up and down, and rock.

Because today is his birthday, we have to make a list in honor of the man. Without further delay: 10 Greatest Things about Jon Bon Jovi!

10. He started a band…after singing a Christmas carol
In what would be one of the best and most rocking bands in the land. Bongiovi, after singing a Christmas carol at a radio studio, discovered that he had the lungs and hip movements to hypnotize women and move scary, strong men with his vocal chords.

And so he went on a quest to pursue this musical dream. Little did he know that he would soon be helming one of the most awesome and long-lasting bands of all time.

9. He changed the spelling of his name

Thank god Bongiovi edited the spelling of his name to Jon Bon Jovi. Can you imagine what keeping the spelling of Bongiovi might have caused? Maybe they would have ended up as a classical group or even opened up a frozen gelato stand.

One of the band members suggested that they name the band Bon Jovi. Bongiovi liked it so much, he changed his own name to fit it. And now it’s such a powerful brand name, some people even baptize their kids as Bon Jovi. Scary, but true.

8. His hair
Forget about the faux hawk. Back in the 80s it was big, unruly hair that made us look like transsexual valkyries from Valhalla. But it was damn cool. And who made this mess of locks so accepted? Bon Jovi!

More so than the other rock contemporaries of that time, Bon Jovi neck twisted and curly-locked their head of hair so that it became an art form. So what if your scalp seemed to itch and people weren’t sure if you were a girl or a guy. You have the mane of fame!

7. He wore the tightest pants
Have you noticed that hip-hop pants are now slowly being replaced by tight fitting multi colored jeans? If you think about it, Bon Jovi and other rocking bands started wearing testicle tightening leather pants, 501s, and jeans way back then.

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Space for a hanky? Forget it. Need to squat and pick up some loose change? Get ready to rip your butt. They weren’t very comfortable and they definitely couldn’t hold anything but the skin on your legs and your crotch, but the pants were a sign that you were a rocker. Hopefully you found a rocker chick to take them off for you.

6. He rocked music videos
An overload of close-ups, silhouettes, dolly-shots, headbanging, and screaming female fans. The older batch of Bon Jovi music videos did not have the typical movie scenario or story mode. It was all set up as a concert.

And that’s one of the magic moments that Bon Jovi was able to instill in their fans and first-time viewers. You were instantly captivated. It was like watching a free show. Sure you’re just in your parents living room waiting for your mom to cook you dinner, but in those precious 4-5 minutes, you were in the front row of a Bon Jovi concert. Yeah!


WORDS BY PEEJO PILAR

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