Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’

This song was a huge worldwide hit for Bon Jovi when it was released in October 1986. Although the bass chair in the band was occupied by Alec John Such at the time, session bassist Hugh McDonald was drafted in to play on this tune and was responsible for coming up with the song’s signature bass groove. The Chorus is also notable for Hugh’s melodic bass work during the Chorus and indeed, the whole line is an education in supportive but effective studio playing. In more recent years Hugh McDonald has joined the band as their touring bassist, following the departure of Alec john Such.

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