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Alec John Such, Bon Jovi’s first bassist, dies at 70

Alec John Such

Alec John Such, a founding member of Bon Jovi, has died at the age of 70. Bassist Such was best known for his work with the band from the early 1980s until their hiatus in 2014. Prior to Bon Jovi, he played bass for The New York Dolls and had a stint with Journey. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Alec John Such, better known as Bon Jovi, died on Sunday at the age of 66 after a long and successful career in music. He was known for his soulful voice and powerful songs that often spoke to the heart of his fans. Following the death of his father when he was just 10 years old, Such developed a strong work ethic and became determined to make a name for himself in the music industry.

After several unsuccessful attempts, he eventually landed a deal with Mercury Records in 1982 and released his debut album, ‘New Jersey’. The album went platinum and Such’s subsequent albums continued to be commercially successful. His 1989 release, ‘Slippery When Wet’, became one of the best-selling albums of all time and won him numerous awards including two Grammy Awards.

John Such, a guitarist and singer-songwriter, was born on November 14, 1951 in Yonkers, New York. He started playing guitar in an earlier band with drummer Sammy Borrego and bassist Todd Tipton. In the early 1970s, Such formed the band Santana with Carlos Santana and Gregg Rolie. Such left Santana in 1978 to focus on his solo career. His most successful album was 1987’s “Under The Bridge”.

John Such, the original bassist for Bon Jovi, recruited his childhood friend David Sambora in 1976 to play guitar with the band. Guitarist Tico Torres was later added, and the trio became Bon Jovi. The band’s popularity skyrocketed with their third album, “New Jersey” (1977), which spawned the singles “I’ll Be There For You” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race.” The group went on to release such classics as “Bad Luck Charm,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” and “Livin’ On A Prayer.” In 2001, Such retired from active playing but continues to contribute vocals to Bon Jovi recordings.

John Such has a unique perspective on the music industry. Born in the early 1960s, he experienced the record company’s deception firsthand when they told him he was too young to purchase records. Despite his protests, Such found himself buying albums by artists such as The Beatles and The Monkees despite not being allowed to legally buy them. Years later, Such discovered that many of these albums were recorded when he was still too young to legally purchase them.

John Such remained in the band until his departure in 1994. He was replaced by bassist Hugh McDonald, who became an official member of the band in 2016.

Such replaced original bassist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell in 1986 and remained with the group until his departure in 1994. McDonald joined the band shortly after Such’s departure and they recorded two albums with him before breaking up in 1997.

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