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Hometown: Seymour, Indiana
Albums: Chestnut Street incident (1976), A Biography (1978), John Cougar (1979), Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did (1980), American Fool (1982), The Kid Inside (1983), Uh-Huh (1983), Scarecrow (1985), The Lonesome Jubilee (1987), Big Daddy (1989), Whenever We Wanted (1991), Human Wheels (1993), Dance Naked (1994), Mr Happy Go Lucky (1996), John Mellencamp (1998), Rough Harvest (1999), Cuttin’ Heads (2001), Trouble No More (2003), Freedom’s Road (2007), Life, Death, Love and Freedom (2008), No Better Than This (2010), Plain Spoken (2014)
Awards: 1 Grammy
Hits: Jack and Diane, Pink Houses, Hurst So Good, Cherry Bomb, Authority Song, Lonely Ol’ Night
Other: Introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008
John Mellencamp was one of the biggest starts of the 1980s, becoming a bona fide pop sensation. He has since gone on the becoming of the most respected and well regarded rock performers of the last 30 years.
Also know as John Cougar Mellencamp, he was born on October 7, 1951, in Seymour, Indiana. His hometown was a small town of little experience, yet it helped to shape is song writing from a young age. To this day he is still known for the voicing the experiences of those living in small towns across America, much like those he had from growing up in Seymour.
Growing up he found an early interest in music, playing in cover bands. He was not too bothered about school, and preferred a wider lifestyle. His father tried to motivate him to try pursue athletics, but instead he eloped with his pregnant girlfriend at the age of 18.
He would then try to return to his passion of music after working odd jobs tying to provide for his new daughter. Moving to New York to purse his career, he released an album under MCA, yet it was a failure both critically and commercially.
He would go on to find success in the 1980s beginning with his album Jonny Cougar (his new stage name), and not long he would have a string of albums release, wall with various hits on them. 1982’s American Fool would prove to be is breakthrough album, which led to a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance.
Through to the late 1980s he would release number of popular albums, each with a slew of hits, all touching on the small town themes of his other works. Towards the end of the decade his sound would begin to mature, most notable in Jubilee, released in 1987 that featured a distinct folk rock sound.
The 1990s saw strong album sales continue for Mellencamp, even if his singles did not perform as strongly in the charts as the previously had. ‘Falling from Grace’ was a film released in 1992, and it saw Mellencamp not only directing the film, but also acting in it too.
He continued to experiment with his sounds with each new release, and has dabbled in hip-hop beats, blues and even dance music. His contribution to roc music was recognised in 2008, when he was introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Having wound down wilder lifestyle, John Mellencamp is more heath conscious in his later years, but this has seen in overall improvement in his health after suffering a heart attack. He still continues to tour extensively to this day, rocking out venues as if he were in his 20s.