John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp

 

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John J Mellencamp[1] (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s while "honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a string of Top 10 singles", including "Hurts So Good", "Jack & Diane", "Crumblin' Down", "Pink Houses", "Lonely Ol' Night", "Small Town", "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.", "Paper in Fire", and "Cherry Bomb". He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven. Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one. Mellencamp released his latest album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, on April 28, 2017, to widespread critical acclaim.

Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois, to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 33 years, and as of 2018 the organization has raised over $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008.[2] On June 14, 2018, Mellencamp will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[3] His biggest musical influences are Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown and the Rolling Stones.[4] Rolling Stone contributor Anthony DeCurtis said: "Mellencamp has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical regard and an enormous audience. His songs document the joys and struggles of ordinary people seeking to make their way, and he has consistently brought the fresh air of common experience to the typically glamour-addled world of popular music."[5]

In 2001, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White said:

Johnny Cash called Mellencamp "one of the 10 best songwriters" in music.[7]

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Dark As A Dungeon
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Dark As A Dungeon is a song by musical artist John Mellencamp, released on June 30, 2017.
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
 
Sad Clowns & Hillbillies is the 23rd studio album by American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp.
Cocktail
 
Cocktail is a 1988 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Heywood Gould, whose screenplay was based on his book of the same name.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
 
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical by John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T Bone Burnett.

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Popular Live Albums2

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Song Appearances & References11

Musical Groups1

Films4

Minor Film Appearances & References4

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News Articles25

John Mellencamp to be inducted in Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  February 10, 2018
On June 14, 2018, acclaimed rocker John Mellencamp will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in a ceremony that is held in New York City. Mellencamp's accomplished career in the music business has spanned over 35 years, where he transitioned from ...
John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang Lead 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Class
  –  February 6, 2018
Rocker John Mellencamp, country legends Alan Jackson and Bill Anderson ... the Grammy Awards and an annual family reunion for the tight-knit songwriting and music-publishing community. Every year, superstars receiving honors tell the room that the accolade ...
Johnny Cash’s poems get a second life as songs
  –  April 8, 2018
“Johnny Cash: Forever Words,” recently recently from Sony Legacy, gives his verses even broader expression, enlisting a circle of kindred spirits, including John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett, Kacey Musgraves and Cash’s daughter, Rosanne, to set a ...
Country music legend on show
  –  April 5, 2018
He's been acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music by infusing his influences of John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels with the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty. Blundell's lyrical insight, sharp wit ...
Cash poems get second life
  –  April 5, 2018
Johnny Cash: Forever Words, due on Friday from Sony Legacy, gives his verses even broader expression, enlisting a circle of kindred spirits, including John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett, Kacey Musgraves and Cash's daughter, Rosanne, to set a selection of them ...
Johnny Cash poems, lyrics set to music in multi-artist ‘Forever Words’ album
  –  April 4, 2018
Disciples and admirers such as Elvis Costello, the late Chris Cornell, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss & Union Station, superstar producer, singer and songwriter T Bone Burnett, Kacey Musgraves, John Mellencamp, jazz pianist and hip-hip artist Robert Glasper ...
'New Wave: Dare To Be Different' on Showtime Is Fun If Faulty Look Back At Pioneering Radio Station WLIR
  –  April 2, 2018
The contradictions of Mellencamp’s art and temperament are echoed in the 2018 film John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken, which is currently available for streaming on Netflix. Over footage of a complete live performance, featuring his touring band and filmed at ...
Heritage Hollow farmers hesitantly leaving Rappahannock for greener pastures
  –  April 1, 2018
It was only two years ago that Farm Aid — its single mission (as told by board board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews) to keep family farmers on the land — sent a reporter to interview the Sperryville couple about ...
How an ex-high school social studies teacher helped put Michigan in the Final Four
  –  March 30, 2018
Within seconds he was screaming along to John Mellencamp's 1982 chart-topping hit "Jack & Diane." This is the man, now 41 years old, partly responsible for Michigan's run to the Final Four. "Whomever was next to me at the stoplight probably got a hell ...
Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp have the look of love on romantic stroll after denying marriage rumors
  –  March 29, 2018
They recently nixed rumors that they are planning a wedding. But Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp were all smiles when they were spotted out shopping with a guy pal in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday. The 66-year-old rocker and the ...
Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave Uses This "Embarrassing" Trick to Score Restaurant Reservations
  –  March 28, 2018
And she's generally unfazed by the fact that her father, John Mellencamp, is rock royalty. Still, Teddi has called on daughter-of-rock-star perks when the occasion rises — or when hunger cravings strike. The accountability coach recently played the ...
The Best Small-Town Bar in Every State
  –  March 23, 2018
There's a reason folks like John Mellencamp never shut up about the allure of America's small towns: They're treasures hiding amazing experiences and some completely unexpected culinary surprises. And pretty much every one has a great bar. The bars on this ...
Paradox trailer: Daryl Hannah directs, Neil Young stars
  –  March 14, 2018
Neil Young has always been a musical outlaw, standing up for farmers’ rights with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, turning MTV Unplugged tapings into rehearsals, and remaining a dangling participle in CSN and Y. Now he will make his big screen debut as ...
After Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp spotted on Daufuskie, some expect an island wedding
  –  March 8, 2018
Could John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan be planning a Daufuskie Island wedding? According to Page Six, “insiders on the idyllic isle” are “buzzing” about the pair being spotted on the island over the last few weeks and said they seemed to be “putting ...
Meg Ryan & John Mellencamp Might Be Wedding-Planning
  –  March 7, 2018
Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.
Jake Owen Got John Mellencamp’s Blessing for ‘I Was Jack (You Were Diane)’
  –  March 2, 2018
Jake Owen made absolutely sure he didn't step on any toes before he recorded and released his new song, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)." He went directly to John Mellencamp to ask for his blessing. The new song, which is the first single from an upcoming ...
John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter
  –  February 4, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and ...
John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter
  –  February 3, 2018
NEW YORK — Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano ...
WATCH: John Mellencamp performs new song, takes knee at end
  –  February 3, 2018
NEW YORK — Just days before the Super Bowl, John Mellencamp sank to his knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after performing a political ballad on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The singer-songwriter sang the violin-and-piano ...
John Mellencamp kneels on ‘Late Show’ to oppose racial inequality
  –  February 3, 2018
Indiana rock star John Mellencamp adopted gestures identified with Black Lives Matter and Black Power movements to express opposition to racial inequality during his Thursday appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Mellencamp “took a knee” in ...
John Mellencamp kneels on ‘Late Show’ to oppose racial inequality
  –  February 3, 2018
Indiana rock star John Mellencamp adopted gestures identified with Black Lives Matter and Black Power movements to express opposition to racial inequality during his Thursday appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Mellencamp “took a knee” in ...
John Mellencamp kneels on ‘Late Show’ to oppose racial inequality
  –  February 3, 2018
Indiana rock star John Mellencamp adopted gestures identified with Black Lives Matter and Black Power movements to express opposition to racial inequality during his Thursday appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Mellencamp “took a knee” in ...
John Mellencamp takes a knee for Black Lives Matter
  –  February 3, 2018
Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014 file photo, singer-songwriter John ...
John Mellencamp Announces Late Night TV Performance
  –  February 1, 2018
(hennemusic) John Mellencamp will perform on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, February 1. The rocker will deliver the song "Easy Target" from his most recent release, "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies." Mellencamp's 23rd studio album ...
John Mellencamp Lands Lower Manhattan Live-Work Space
  –  January 18, 2018
Word on the New York City celebrity real estate street, via The Real Deal, is 1980s rock star John Mellencamp, once more colorfully known as John Cougar Mellencamp splashed out $2.3 million for a live-work space on the first floor of an historic cast-iron ...

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