Richie Sambora Biography
Richie Sambora born Richard Stephen “Richie” Sambora is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years.
Sambora and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi formed the main songwriting unit for the band. He has also released three solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, Undiscovered Soul in 1998, and Aftermath of the Lowdown released in September 2012
Richie Sambora Age
Richie was born on 11 July 1959, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States.
Richie Sambora Height
He stands at a height of 1.84 m.
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Richie Sambora Wife| Richie Sambora Orianthi
Sambora married actress Heather Locklear in Paris on December 17, 1994. Locklear filed for divorce in February 2006 citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized on April 11, 2007. From 2014 until 2018, he was in a relationship with fellow guitarist Orianthi.
Richie Sambora Daughter
He has a daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora, was born on October 4, 1997, from his marriage with Heather Locklear.
Richie Sambora Early Life
Sambora is the son of Joan a secretary, and Adam C. Sambora, a factory foreman. Sambora is of Polish descent and was raised Catholic. He grew up in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey and attended Woodbridge High School there, graduating in 1977. He played basketball in high school, where as a sophomore, his Woodbridge High team won the 1975 Group 4 State title.
Sambora’s first instrument was the accordion which he began to play at the age of 6. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 following the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970. From his early days, Sambora was strongly influenced by blues and 1960s rock and roll. His most important influences were The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Joe Kmiecik, George Harrison, and B. B. King. He was also influenced by Spanish classical music and began a lifelong love of the Spanish guitar. Furthermore, he had stated that psychedelic soul singer Janis Joplin had a big influence on his musical style during her career in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Classical music directly inspired several of his songs, such as The Answer which was originally written on piano. Sambora also plays many other instruments, such as drums, bass, saxophone, piano etc. The first time he performed on stage was at a Catholic Youth Organization dance when he was a teenager.
Richie Sambora Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi added Sambora to take the place of original lead guitarist Dave Sabo. Sambora had attended a live show of Bon Jovi, and after being impressed, approached Jon Bon Jovi and told him that he thought they should work together. They immediately hit it off as friends, and Sambora was invited to a rehearsal. By the time Jon arrived, the band was sounding better than ever and Sambora was hired on the spot.
Sambora left the band prior to a concert in Calgary during 2013’s Because We Can Tour, and since has only played with Bon Jovi at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction in 2018. In 2016, Sambora stated his reason for leaving the band was in order to give his family more of his attention. “I really needed to take some time to be with my daughter,” he stated “She needed me and I needed her, actually.”
Sambora also released a solo EP with Orianthi, and performed alongside with the RSO band member and his girlfriend on April 7, 2018.
Richie Sambora Young
Sambora was a guitarist for the band “Message”, and with that band put out an independent record titled “Lessons” which was a copywriter in 1982 and produced and arranged by Dean Fasano and Rich Samboro in Woodbridge, New Jersey. It was re-released in 1995 under the name Message, and in 2000 as Lessons. He was later in a band, Mercy, which was signed to Led Zeppelin-owned record label Swan Song Records, and then Duke Williams & the Extremes, who were signed to Capricorn Records. Sambora was also in an improvisational club band called Richie Sambora & Friends. He was part-owner of a club in New Jersey, and at age 19 owned his own independent label Dream Disc Records. Sambora’s first professional tour was as an opening act for Joe Cocker in the early 1980s. Shortly before joining Bon Jovi in 1983, Sambora unsuccessfully auditioned for Kiss, to be Ace Frehley’s replacement.
Richie Sambora Career
Sambora initially performed for the first time in stage at a Catholic Youth Organization dance. Later, he was a guitarist for the band ‘Message.’ In addition, his first professional tour was as an opening act for Joe Cocker. Richie replaced original lead guitarist Dave Sabo after Bon Jovi impressed him in one of the live shows. He has released several albums with Bon Jovi including ‘7800° Fahrenheit’, ‘Slippery When Wet’, ‘New Jersey’, ‘Keep the Faith’, ‘These Days’, ‘Have a Nice Day’, and ‘What About Now’ among others.
Furthermore, Sambora also released three solo albums, ‘Stranger in This Town’, ‘Undiscovered Soul’, and ‘Aftermath of the Lowdown.’ Additionally, with RSO, he released ‘Rise’, ‘Making History’, and ‘Radio Free America.’ Apart from his career in music, Richie has also been involved in numerous fundraisers and charities.
Richie Sambora Songs
|2013||Because We Can|
|2012||Seven Years Gone|
|2009||We Weren’t Born to Follow|
|2007||Make a Memory|
|2007||Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore|
|2005||Who Says You Can’t Go Home|
|2005||Have a Nice Day|
|2005||Welcome to Wherever You Are|
|2000||Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night|
|2000||Thank You for Loving Me|
|2000||It’s My Life|
|1998||Hard Times Come Easy|
|1995||Something for the Pain|
|1995||This Ain’t a Love Song|
|1992||In These Arms|
|1992||Bed of Roses|
|1992||Keep the Faith|
|1992||I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead|
|1991||One Light Burning|
|1991||Ballad Of Youth|
|1990||Blaze of Glory|
|1988||Lay Your Hands on Me|
|1988||Born to Be My Baby|
Richie Sambora Substance problems.
On June 7, 2007, it was announced that Sambora was entering an undisclosed rehab facility in Los Angeles for treatment related to alcoholism. Following his release, he told an interviewer, “I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together. I’m still in therapy and stuff like that, but it’s good. I’m great. I feel fine.” In the Bon Jovi documentary When We Were Beautiful, Sambora talks candidly about his addiction to painkillers following a fall in his bathroom. He credited his bandmates and mother with helping him through the difficult time.
On March 26, 2008, Sambora was arrested for drunk driving in Laguna Beach, California. Both his ten-year-old daughter and her friend were in the vehicle. At his May 2008 arraignment, he pleaded no contest “to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher”, was fined $390, placed on probation for three years, and was required to attend a driver’s education course.
On April 28, 2011, it was announced that Sambora had made the decision to enter rehab again. He was absent from the band for thirteen shows during the Bon Jovi Live tour, and his guitar and vocal duties were handled by session musician Theofilos “Phil X” Xenidis.This was Sambora’s second stint in rehab and was announced just a week after he finished probation for drunk driving charges. Sambora returned to join the band in June 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia, for the start of the European leg of the tour.
Richie Sambora Stranger In This Town
Stranger in This Town is the first solo studio album by Richie Sambora, the guitarist from the New Jersey band Bon Jovi. The album was released in 1991, while Bon Jovi was on a 17-month hiatus. Jon Bon Jovi also released a solo album, Blaze of Glory, during this period.
Richie Sambora Networth
He has a net worth of $100 million dollars.
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