Livin’ On a Prayer – Bon Jovi

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on February 14th of 1987 Bon Jovi reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart with “Livin’ On a Prayer”. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora wrote this with Desmond Child, a prolific songwriter who was brought in by the record company to give them a more commercial sound like he did for Kiss on “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.” At first, Jon Bon Jovi wanted to leave this off the Slippery When Wet album, thinking it wasn’t good enough. According to Jon, a meeting with a group of teenagers changed his mind and it was added to the album. The album was going to be called “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (another song on the album) and show the band on the cover dressed as cowboys. After doing the photo shoot in a mine shaft, the band decided they were taking it too seriously, changed the title to “Slippery When Wet,” and found a Jersey girl with big boobs to wear a wet T-shirt for the cover. When parents’ groups protested the cover, they changed it to a wet trash bag with the title written on it. On VH1’s The Greatest Songs of the ’80s special, this was voted the best song of the decade. The rock song was also a hit in the UK peaking at #4.