Richie Sambora

Musician + Songwriter
Born Jul 11, 1959

Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora is an American rock guitarist, producer, musician, singer, and songwriter who is the longtime lead guitarist of the rock band, Bon Jovi. He and frontman Jon Bon Jovi form the primary songwriting unit of the band. He has also released two solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, and Undiscovered Soul in 1998.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on July 11, 1959.
1970 10 Years Old He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 following the death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1970. … Read More


1983 23 Years Old …  Shortly before joining Bon Jovi in 1983, he auditioned for KISS, to be Ace Frehley's replacement. … Read More


1991 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Sambora's first solo album was 1991's Stranger in This Town, a blues-influenced album that was received well by many critics although commercially a relative flop, some say because the tone of the record was not appealing to Bon Jovi fans. … Read More
1994 35 Years Old Sambora married actress Heather Locklear in Paris on December 17, 1994. Their daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora, was born on October 4, 1997. Locklear filed for divorce in February 2006 citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized on April 11, 2007. … Read More
1998 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Undiscovered Soul was Sambora's second solo album, released in 1998. … Read More


1999 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1999, Sambora was a guest vocalist on the Stuart Smith album Stuart Smith's Heaven & Earth, performing a cover of Deep Purple song "When a Blind Man Cries".
2001 42 Years Old His guitar work featured on the track "Misery" on Pink's 2001 album Missundaztood with Steven Tyler.
2004 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Sanctuary Records released a self-titled album which had been recorded in 1978 by Shark Frenzy, documenting Sambora's first recorded material. … Read More
2007 48 Years Old On June 7, 2007, it was announced that Sambora was entering an "undisclosed rehab facility in Los Angeles" for treatment related to alcoholism. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 26, 2008, Sambora was arrested for drunk driving in Laguna Beach, California. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18, 2009.
2011 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 28, 2011, it was announced that Sambora had made the decision to enter rehab again. … Read More
2012 - 2013 2 More Events
2015 56 Years Old Sambora announced in early 2015 that he is working on a new album in collaboration with fellow musician and girlfriend Orianthi. … Read More
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