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Richie Sambora

Richard Stephen "Richie" Sambora (born July 11, 1959) 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 three solo albums: Stranger in This Town in 1991, Undiscovered Soul in 1998, and his third, Aftermath of the Lowdown was released in September 2012. Sambora was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Joan, a secretary, and Adam, a factory foreman. Sambora is of Polish and Italian descent and was raised Catholic. He grew up in Woodbridge, New Jersey and attended Woodbridge High School there, graduating in 1977. He began playing the guitar at the age of 12 following the death of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1970. From his early days Sambora was strongly influenced by blues and 60s rock 'n' roll. His most important influences were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Joe Kmiecik, and George Harrison. He was also influenced by Spanish classical music and began a lifelong love of the Spanish guitar. Furthermore, he has stated that

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Richie Sambora: Condo Maniac

Richie Sambora: Condo Maniac

You thought Richie Sambora's recent DUI arrest was his biggest problem? Now he's doing gigs at condominiums. Sounds like he's not wanted dead or alive!Sambora appeared at the Las Olas River House… READ MORE >

Sambora Cops DUI Plea

Sambora Cops DUI Plea

TMZ has learned Richie Sambora just plea bargained his DUI case. He pled no contest to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. The driving under the influence charge was dismissed.… READ MORE >

- 2442 days ago
Richie Sambora Charged

Richie Sambora Charged

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Richie Sambora has been charged with two counts of DUI -- but he was not charged with child endangerment. The DUI counts are driving with a .08 or higher, and… READ MORE >

- 2442 days ago
Cops: Sambora Ain't No Child Endangerer

Cops: Sambora Ain't No Child Endangerer

Law enforcement sources tell us there's a dogfight inside the Laguna Beach PD, where the brass has recommended that prosecutors file child endangerment charges against Sambora for his DUI bust… READ MORE >

- 2450 days ago
Richie Sambora May Nip DUI in the Bud -- Get It?

Richie Sambora May Nip DUI in the Bud -- Get It?

Richie Sambora may dodge a bullet in his DUI bust earlier this week, and not because of legal footwork -- because he may not have been DUI.Sambora volunteered to submit to a blood alcohol test… READ MORE >

- 2466 days ago
Sambora Could Be Charged with Endangering Kid

Sambora Could Be Charged with Endangering Kid

Richie Sambora could be criminally charged with child endangerment.Richie Sambora was busted for DUI with his 10-year-old daughter Ava in the car, along with another juvenile and another adult --… READ MORE >

- 2469 days ago
Sambora's Daughter in the Car During DUI

Sambora's Daughter in the Car During DUI

A police source tells TMZ that Richie Sambora's 10-year-old daughter, Ava, was in the car with him when he was busted for DUI Tuesday night. Ava's mom is Heather Locklear. Sambora was pulled over… READ MORE >

- 2469 days ago
Richie Off the Wagon -- Popped For DUI

Richie Off the Wagon -- Popped For DUI

TMZ has learned Richie Sambora was arrested for DUI in Laguna Beach, Calif.Law enforcement sources tell us the Bon Jovi guitarist was pulled over by the Laguna Beach PD just before 11:00 PM last… READ MORE >

- 2469 days ago
Richie Sambora Returns to Rehab

Richie Sambora Returns to Rehab

Bon Jovi's number two, Richie Sambora, returned to rehab on Monday -- this time at the Cirque Lodge in Utah -- the same rehab facility where Lindsay Lohan is currently receiving treatment. This is… READ MORE >

- 2655 days ago
Bon Jovi -- Anatomically Incorrect

Bon Jovi -- Anatomically Incorrect

From Paris to Britney to Hilary -- and let's not forget our dear Olsens -- celebrity dolls are all the rage. It was only a matter of time before they made a Bon Jovi doll. Yes, Bon Jovi.… READ MORE >

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