Happy Birthday today (July 11) to former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who’s pursuing a solo career these days. He’s 59.

Bon Jovi achieved worldwide success with the album Slippery When Wet in 1986. The album spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. with hit singles “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, and “Wanted Dead or Alive”. It is Bon Jovi’s biggest selling album, and one of the nest selling albums of all time going 12 times platinum in the U.S. The band released the album New Jersey in 1988 and went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour. The band returned and released Keep the Faith in 1992. The album Crush in 2000 featured the hit “It’s My Life”. Many other albums have followed. Richie Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2014 and has a project called RSO with his girlfriend and fellow musician Orianthi. Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. I for one think Bon Jovi is just not the same anymore without Richie in the band. He's definitely missed. Cheers to Richie Sambora on his birthday today!

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