Today (7/11) is the birthday of one of the most successful guitarists of his time, Richie Sambora. He and Jon Bon Jovi write most of the band’s songs, and he has released two solo albums. A third solo effort, “Aftermath of the Lowdown,” will be available September 4th. Sambora was married to Heather Locklear from 1994 to 2007. They have a 14 year-old daughter named Ava Elizabeth Sambora who is already a model – no surprise! Richie has been in rehab more than once for abuse of alcohol and painkillers. In fact, he missed the May 22, 2011 performance of Bon Jovi at Scottrade Center due to a stint in rehab.
Today is also the birthday of St Louis’ former heavyweight champ, Leon Spinks. He won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics and beat an out-of-shape Muhammad Ali two years later to become king of boxing. Spinks and his gap-toothed grin were featured on the cover of the February 19th, 1978 Sports Illustrated. Later that year, he lost to Ali in a rematch.
Both Sambora and Spinks are in their 50’s. Who’s older?