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Richie Sambora

Raised in the humble, swampside locale of Woodbridge, New Jersey, Richie Sambora -- the gifted lead guitarist of the multi-million-selling rock act, Bon Jovi -- was initially inspired by blues-based icons of the 1960s such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Following a self-released eponymous 1980 hard rock album with an act called Message that he had co-founded with the late Dean Fasano, Sambora took a two-week trip to Los Angeles to audition for a place in Kiss. Although the audition was unsuccessful, on his return to New Jersey a reassuring friend suggested that he make contact with Jon Bongiovi, a local artist whose taste in music was perhaps more closely aligned with Sambora's than that of Gene Simmons and company. By 1983, Sambora had replaced Dave Sabo as the guitarist in Bon Jovi and the band was signed to Mercury Records. Selling over 28 million copies, Bon Jovi's third album, Slippery When Wet, became their most successful record, ushering hair metal into the mainstream. Sambora had a hand in composing nine of the ten tracks, enjoying not unsubstantial royalties from what became the highest-selling album of 1987 in the U.S. As a result of this success, Sambora found himself in the media spotlight more than ever and his relationship and subsequent breakup with Cher were widely reported. Following an extensive promotional campaign for 1988’s New Jersey, Bon Jovi went on a well-deserved hiatus. While Sambora's 1991 debut solo album didn't enjoy the same commercial success as Jon Bon Jovi's Golden Globe-winning 1990 release Blaze of Glory, Stranger in this Town allowed him to return to his beloved blues roots. With his hero Clapton contributing a deft solo to "Mr. Bluesman," there was the implied sense that Sambora had achieved yet another lifelong ambition. A full seven years passed before Sambora issued his sophomore solo album, Undiscovered Soul. In the interim, Bon Jovi issued the successful studio albums Keep the Faith and These Days, and consolidated their global position with a world tour that visited 43 countries. Although 1998's Undiscovered Soul was considered to be a less strong set than his debut, most critics acknowledged that it was a more ambitious effort, showcasing a versatility of approach that found power ballads sitting next to arena rock material. The June 2007 release of Bon Jovi's country-influenced tenth album, Lost Highway, coincided with a difficult period in Sambora's personal life. Following the breakdown of his marriage with actress Heather Locklear, his father passed away, and this turn of events led to a period of alcohol dependency and rehab. Building on the eclecticism of Undiscovered Soul, his third solo album -- 2012's Aftermath of the Lowdown -- found Sambora in determined mood when it eventually arrived. It was another opportunity for him to explore areas of music that Bon Jovi had neglected to visit, and included material that was comparable in style to artists as diverse as Coldplay and David Bowie. ~ James Wilkinson
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Richie Sambora

  1.   Song
  2.   Stranger in This Town
  3.   Rosie
  4.   Rest in Peace
  5.   Made in America
  6.   Hard Times Come Easy
  7.   Ballad of Youth
  8.   Harlem Rain
  9.   In It for Love
  10.   Fallen from Graceland
  11.   Cantique de Noel (O' Holy Night)
  12.   Downside of Love
  13.   River of Love
  14.   Learning How to Fly with a Broken Wing
  15.   Every Road Leads Home to You
  16.   The Answer
  17.   Long Way Around
  18.   Church of Desire
  19.   I'll Always Walk Beside You featuring Alicia Keys
  20.   Burn the Candle Down
  21.   Weathering the Storm
  22.   Nowadays
  23.   Mr. Bluesman
  24.   One Last Goodbye
  25.   You're Not Alone
  26.   One Light Burning
  27.   Father Time
  28.   Great Hall of Fame by C,C & C
  29.   If God Was a Woman
  30.   Seven Years Gone
  31.   All That Really Matters
  32.   You Can Only Get So High
  33.   World
  34.   Sugar Daddy
  35.   Taking a Chance on the Wind
  36.   Undiscovered Soul
  37.   Chained
  38.   Who I Am
  39.   I'll Always Walk Beside You
  40.   Mister Sambo
  41.   You Never Really Know
  42.   Rest in Piece
  43.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  44.   I'm Wanted by Kel Spencer
  45.   Young Thugs: Ballad of Youth
  46.   Bad Medicine
  47.   We All Sleep Alone
  48.   Midnight Rider/Wanted Dead or Alive
  49.   I'll Be There for You
  50.   With a Little Help from My Friends
  51.   The Wind Cries Mary
  52.   Take Me On
  53.   Tatanà
  54.   Tatanà
  55.   Livin' on a Prayer
  56.   It's My Life
  57.   Wanted Dead or Alive
  58.   Livin' on a Prayer
  59.   It's My Life
  60.   Wanted Dead or Alive
  61.   City Blues
  62.   Burn That Candle Down
  63.   Medley
  64.   All the Really Matters
  65.   Gonna Rain
  66.   Come Saturday Night
  67.   Live Fast Love Hard Die Young
  68.   Law of the Jungle
  69.   Nobody
  70.   The Ones With Angels Eyes
  71.   The Power
  72.   I'll Play the Fool
  73.   Laura's Birthday
  74.   Southern Belle
  75.   Dont Stop Lovin Me Now

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