Song: “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi
Reached #1: September 8, 1990 (his first, 1 week)
The story of how “Blaze Of Glory” came to be fascinates me. This is one of Jon Bon Jovi’s most popular songs – so much so that it’s become part of the regular set list for his group, even though this was a solo track, and it’s appeared on the most recent Bon Jovi greatest hits album.
I had forgotten that the Young Guns franchise existed in the late ‘80s, but once I looked into the song, and saw that it was the theme song for Young Guns II, all of the references to “young gun” in the song made a lot more sense…
So how long does it take to write a soundtrack theme song (and sizable hit)? Days? Weeks? Months? Keifer Sutherland explained in UNCUT magazine…
“When Jon (Bon Jovi) joined the team for Young Guns II, we were all eating hamburgers in a diner and Jon was scribbling on this napkin for, say, six minutes. He declared he’d written ‘Blaze of Glory’, which of course then went through the roof in the States. He later gave Emilio Estevez the napkin. We were munching burgers while he wrote a No. 1 song… Made us feel stupid.”
And why did Bon Jovi need to take six minutes to write a smash hit? Estevez had asked for rights to “Wanted Dead Or Alive” for the movie, but Bon Jovi didn’t think the song was right for the movie. Thus, the meeting at which Bon Jovi wrote the basic structure of a song over burgers. This is, of course, why Jon Bon Jovi is a major star… and most of us aren’t.
Tomorrow, a former kids-show ensemble member and boy-band survivor finally notches his first solo #1…
Other songs that reached #1 on September 8:
1973 – “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye (his second, 2 weeks)
2001 – “I’m Real” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule (her second, 5 weeks)
2007 – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie (her third, 1 week)