Happy Friday Metalheads! Hope you’re having a great week. Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the self-titled debut album by Bon Jovi for the track “Runaway.”

“Runaway” was originally recorded in 1981 with a group of studio musicians known as The All Star Review which included  Hugh McDonald – bass, Tim Pierce – guitar  and Roy Bittan – keyboards. The keyboard intro was written by Mick Seeley, who eventually went on to join Southside Johnny and the Asbury Dukes.

In 1983, New York radio station WAPP (103.5 FM) held a contest to find the best unsigned band and after the song won, it became a hit. “Runaway” was the first single released off the album and it hit #39 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1984.

“Runaway” is the only song Bon Jovi still plays live today from their older material and it is one of the songs they are most proud of. Check out the video below that introduced Bon Jovi to the world.


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