Bon Jovi’s Recording Debut Was On A Star Wars Christmas Album In 1980
94.9 HOM is known for playing all of the best Christmas music during the holiday season, including a few Christmas songs by Bon Jovi. But here's one you probably won't be hearing us play anytime soon.
A fascinating article published by Forbes tells the story. In 1980, before he was Jon Bon Jovi, 18-year old John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. was a struggling musician, looking to make ends meet. He happened to know a guy that was working on a Star Wars Christmas album, and the guy had him sing on one of the tracks, R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas. He was paid $180 for the gig.
Luckily for us, the song is out there for all to hear. You can listen to it below. Yes, it sounds a bit like him, but you can tell this was long before he developed his rock n' roll swagger.
Years later, after Bon Jovi became one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, they recorded several other Christmas classics, like "Please Come Home For Christmas," and "I Wish Every Day Could be like Christmas."