Richie Sambora Biography

Updated On Feb 16, 2019 Published On Nov 11, 2015
Facts of Richie Sambora
Date of Birth: 1959 , July-11
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet
Name Richie Sambora
Father Adam C. Sambora
Mother Joan Sienila
Nationality Ameriacn
Birth Place/City Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Ethnicity White
Profession Guitarist
Net Worth $ 65 million
Eye Color Light-Brown
Hair Color Light-Brown
Weight in KG 97 kg
Married Yes
Married to Heather Locklear (m. 1994)
Children Ava Elizabeth Sambora
Divorce Heather Locklear (m. 2007)
Education Kean University
Awards Not Yet
Music Group Bon Jovi (Since 1983), Message
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American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter as well as a producer, Richie Sambora is well known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi for 30 years. He released solo albums like Stranger in This Town and Undiscovered Soul.

Early Life And Education Of Richie Sambora

Richard Stephen Sambora was born on July 11, 1959 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, under the birth sign Cancer. He is the son of Joan (née Sienila), a secretary, and Adam C. Sambora, a factory foreman

Richie Sambora's Personal Life 

On 17th of December 1994, Richie got married to Heather Locklear. Heather Locklear is also an actress and she is popular for portraying her role in the movies like Firestarter and Money Talks. They welcomed their first child together in 1997. They were having romantic love life and were happy to have each other as loving spouse but suddenly on 11th of April 2007, this married life was dissolved citing irreconcilable differences. After that, he is not seen with anyone having love affairs.

Richie's interest in music was since his childhood days and accordion was the first musical instrument he played his life. He played guitar since he was 12. He was also interested in basketball and was once the champion of 1975 Group 4 State title. He began his musical career from band Message. With his successive spell in this musical band, he was offered to join Bon Jovi. He joined it in 1983 and took the place of the lead guitarist Dave Sabo. There he also sang several songs being the lead vocalist. He began his solo career since 1991 and that year, he released his own solo album Stranger in This Town. He is earning big amount of salary from this professional career and his net worth is rumored to be around $65 million dollars.

Richie Sambora facts on timeline

Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey

July 11 , 1959

Richie Sambora was from the middle class family born as Richard Stephen Sambora in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States of America to Joan and Adam C. Sambora. He is an American and is of Polish descent.

Graduated from Woodbridge High School

1977

Since his childhood days, he was enrolled at Woodbridge High School. While he was there, he was not only good at his studies but also in music and basketball. He was finally able to complete his education from there and graduated in 1977. 

Began playing accordion

1965

Richie's interest in music was since his childhood days and accordion was the first musical instrument he played his life. He was also influenced by the guitarist Jimi Hendrix and he played guitar since he was 12.

Won 1975 Group 4 State title

1975

While he was in his high school, he used to play basketball a lot and he was actually good at playing it too. He was also one of the members of the High school basket team and he also won 1975 Group 4 State title playing with them. 

Owned his own independent label "Dream Disc Records

1978

He began his musical career since a long time and he was first associated with band Message. While he was in his late teens, he also owned his own independent label "Dream Disc Records".

Joined Bon Jovi

1983

After being the lead guitarist in several musical bands, Bon Jovi offered him to join them and be their lead guitarist. He finally joined them in 1983 and took the place of the lead guitarist Dave Sabo. There he also sang several songs being the lead vocalist.

Released his first solo album

September 3 , 1991

Besides being the lead guitarist he is also good at singing and has also sang several songs for the Bon Jovi. With the start if 1990s, he desired to begin his own solo career and then he finally released his debut solo album, Stranger in This Town on 3rd of September 1991. 

Married to Heather Locklear

December 17 , 1994

He was once married to Heather Locklear. They got married on 17th of December 1994. Heather Locklear is also an actress and she is popular for portraying her role in the movies like Firestarter and Money Talks. 

First child, Ava Elizabeth Sambora

October 4 , 1997

He became father for the first time in his life in 1997. He and his ex wife, actress Heather Locklear welcomed their first child together on 4th of October and that time it was a daughter and they named her Ava Elizabeth Sambora. 

Divorced with Heather Locklear

April 11 , 2007

Richie and Heather were having romantic love life and were happy to have each other as loving spouse but suddenly on 11th of April 2007, this married life was dissolved citing irreconcilable differences. After that, he is not seen with anyone having love affairs.

Nominated in Grammy Awards

1997

1997 was a great year for him. He became father of a sweet little baby girl that year and he also got his one and only nomination in Grammy Awards. That year, he got his nomination in this award for Best Music Video - Long Form. 

Received honorary Doctorate

May 6 , 2004

Besides his nomination in Grammy awards he has also received other major awards in his life and that was on 6th of May 2004. That year, he received honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He was awarded from Kean University.

His father died

April 20 , 2007

2007 brought lots of sadness in his life. His only married life was dissolved that year citing irreconcilable differences and few days later he lost his father. His father Adam died on 20th of April and the reason for his death was lung cancer. 

Entered into the rehab

June 7 , 2007

He had to face an unacceptable sadness and tragedy in 2007. Soon with his divorce with Heather Locklear, he lost his father and then he went on a depression. He drank a lot from that time on and he became enrolled in rehab to be sober.