Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy Reveals Jon Bon Jovi’s Debt To Desmond Child

RATT guitarist Stephen Pearcy recently took to Twitter and shared his concern over Desmond Child not being recognized by Jon Bon Jovi for writing his biggest hits like ‘You Give Love A Bad Name.’ Pearcy wrote:

“Give credit where due to Desmond Child; I still haven’t heard Jon Bon Jovi ever give you co-writers credit or kudos for all those hits you gave them.”

Pearcy voiced that Desmond should receive more credit for his lyrics. Since RATT has also worked with Child, he showed his gratitude for the songwriter by adding:

“I appreciate your co-writing with me, us RATT.”

Desmond has worked with Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora to write the lyrics for several hits from the band’s third studio album ‘Slippery When Wet,’ including ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ which celebrated its 37th year of being out in the world.

Besides ‘You Give Love A Bad Name,’ the songwriter also had to convince Jon to record ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’ He shared with Rock Pages last summer what he and Sambora did to get Jon on board. Child recalled:

“At that time, Jon was thinking about making a more hard rock record. So when we wrote the song, it was a little bit sentimental. It’s a bit soft, and he said, ‘I was hoping we could rock harder.’ Richie and I got on our hands and knees and begged him to record it. I mean, half-joking, but half for real. Just record it! See what happens.”

You can read Stephen Pearcy’s tweet and listen to ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ below.