Stories of a Sicilian Son: Jon Bon Jovi
Singer, songwriter and frontman for the Rock band Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Govi's father John Francis Bongiovi is from Sciacca, Sicily. The band Bon Jovi has sold more than 130,000,000 albums worldwide.
Bon Jovi are best known for songs such as; "Runaway", "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "It's My Life" and "Wanted Dead or Alive."
Jon's acting career includes appearances on TV shows such as Sex in the City, Ally McBeal, West Wing and 30 Rock. He's also appeared in 14 films dating back to 1990.
There are many other famous people of Sicilian heritage that made a meaningful contribution to the Arts, Entertainment and Sports: Frank Sinatra, Al Pacino, Ben Gazzara, Joe Mantegna, Armand Assante, Tony Danza, Joe DiMaggio and Roy Campanella and are a few that come to mind.
I'm a proud American who loves his country and the song “God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood. That song was so moving to many Americans post 9/11. However, your roots are your roots. It’s meaningful and interesting to discover them.