John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp



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 32 years, and as of 2017 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] His biggest musical influences are Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, James Brown and the Rolling Stones.[3] 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."[4]

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

Johnny Cash called Mellencamp "one of the 10 best songwriters" in music.[6]



Dark As A Dungeon
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.
Grandview is a song by musical artist John Mellencamp, released on February 24, 2017.
Easy Target
Easy Target is a song by musical artist John Mellencamp, released on January 19, 2017.

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Is Teddi Related To John Mellencamp? 'The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Cast Member Has Legendary Roots
  –  December 20, 2017
Her maiden name is a familiar one to music fans, so is new RHOBH star Teddi related to John Mellencamp? Why yes, she happens to be extremely related to him. Singer-songwriter John Mellencamp is Teddi's father father. (Go ahead and finish singing the lyrics ...
Hailee Steinfeld Heads to Hawaii, Plus Priyanka Chopra, Corinne Olympios & More!
  –  December 27, 2017
Also at the basketball game: John Mellencamp, girlfriend Meg Ryan and the actress' son Jack Quaid, who clock in some bonding time while sitting courtside. Matthew Morrison unwinds on Christmas Day with a game of golf in Hawaii. Mariah Carey is all smiles ...
The Year in Willie: He’s not only still not dead, he’s lapping the field
  –  December 27, 2017
The Harvey fundraiser comes on the heels of the 32nd annual Farm Aid. Willie and co-founders Neil Young and John Mellencamp are joined by Dave Matthews, the Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson and many more for the benefit concert in the Pittsburgh suburb of ...
John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan celebrate Christmas at basketball game
  –  December 27, 2017
Reconciled couple Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp celebrated Christmas together by taking their sons to a basketball game in New York City. The stars were spotted courtside at the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Monday ...
Shakira & Gerard Piqué Twin in Black Sneakers for Christmas Day Knicks Game
  –  December 26, 2017
“When Harry Met Sally” star Meg Ryan also was in the crowd, sitting together with boyfriend John Mellencamp and her son, Jack Quaid. The actress went for a monochromatic look, wearing a black turtleneck and pants with lace-up workboots. The Knicks took ...
2017 top read stories on HTO
  –  December 26, 2017
8. "Speck Mellencamp arrested after fight reported in downtown Bloomington," published July 17. The son of rock musician John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin faced misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and resisting law enforcement after police were ...
Blended Family! Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Spend Christmas Day at Knicks Game with Sons
  –  December 26, 2017
John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are still going strong! The singer, 66, and the actress, 56, spent Christmas Day at the New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden Monday night. The two were joined by her 25-year-old son Jack Quaid from her 10-year marriage ...
Meg Ryan, 56, shows off her smooth complexion as she cosies up to rocker boyfriend John Mellencamp, 66, during Knicks game in New York
  –  December 26, 2017
It appears to be third time lucky for the couple, as they recently rekindled their romance following two breakups over the years. And Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp seemed to be stronger than ever, as they cosied up while watching the New York Knicks game ...
The 9 best concerts of 2017
  –  December 24, 2017
Of course, co-founders Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp both were crowd pleasers, too. 3. Brian Setzer, July 20, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Absent from Pittsburgh stages for way too long, the Stray Cats' top dog jumped, jived and wailed through a ...
Appreciations for some of the legendary writers, musicians, actors and artists that the world lost in 2017
  –  December 22, 2017
Petty, who died at the age of 66 on Oct. 2, rose to renown alongside similar American boys making similar American noise — Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp — but unlike those blue-jeaned alphas, he used the powers of MTV to burnish his image as a ...
Here are some recap reviews of the best music of 2017 featured in the column
  –  December 22, 2017
1. ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies,’ John Mellencamp featuring Carlene Carter (Republic Records) This album, released in April, features great harmony vocals, star Nashville players and witty lyrics, all of which results in a wonderful record for classic ...
John Mellencamp’s Daughter Joins ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’
  –  December 21, 2017
John Mellencamp's daughter Teddi has joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is part of the Bravo TV show's eighth season, which premiered on Tuesday. The 36-year-old mom runs a fitness program with her husband in ...
Watch Nick Mason talk Pink Floyd in new video clip
  –  December 21, 2017
Waters, Rush bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee, Carlos Santana, John Mellencamp, David Crosby and Graham Nash have all previously appeared on the show.
Daughter of famous rock star joins 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'
  –  December 20, 2017
Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, daughter of music legend John Mellencamp, became the latest addition to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — and though she may be rock ‘n’ roll royalty, she’s just your average girl next door. “It kind of makes me ...
Is Teddi Related To John Mellencamp? 'The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills' Cast Member Has Legendary Roots
  –  December 20, 2017
Guys, it is finally happening. The void that has been consuming the soul of all those who enjoy theme parties, gossip, and vicious fights while eating over-the-top dinners will finally be filled with the delicious blush extravagance of Lisa Vanderpump's ...
Reality Catfight! Lisa Rinna & Dorit Kemsley Come Face to Face In Vegas
  –  December 20, 2017
The cast members also meet their newest co-star, Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, daughter of John Mellencamp. Teddi gets wide eyes from the rest of the group when it’s revealed she doesn’t like to shop. So can the blonde newcomer keep up with the rest of ...
Who Is Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave’s First Husband Matthew Robertson?
  –  December 19, 2017
Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave is the daughter of rock icon John Mellencamp and she is currently married to her husband Edwin Arroyave. But, Daily Entertainment News reports that prior to meeting Edwin, she was married to Matthew Robertson. The ex-couple ...
Who Is Teddi Mellencamp? The ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Cast Introduce Their New Co-Star
  –  December 19, 2017
“Young, fresh, opinionated, but you know, you’ll like me better.” “[She’s] John Mellencamp's daughter,” Lisa Rinna notes, “who is 36, who is a baby. OK, she's a baby, let's face it.” Yes, Teddi is the youngest cast member and grew up the ...
'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Premiere: Erika Girardi Tells All About Season 8
  –  December 19, 2017
You and the fellow Wives—Dorit Kemsley, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna and Lisa Vanderpump—will be joined by newcomer Teddi Jo Mellencamp, daughter of rocker John Mellencamp. How does she fit in with the group? As the new girl, you make mistakes and rub ...
‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Premiere Recap: Did Dorit Kemsley and Erika Jayne Become Friends?
  –  December 19, 2017
And even more appropriate? Teddi, the daughter of singer John Mellencamp, hosting a children’s music class for her first scene. “My dad is John Mellencamp, he is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Teddi explained. “It kind of makes me laugh when ...
Live Nation Entertainment buys grounds of Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford
  –  December 19, 2017
Among the artists who visited the venue in 2017 were Luke Bryan, John Mellencamp, Chris Stapleton, Bryan Adams and Third Eye Blind. "The Pavilion is a very unique and special venue, and we look forward to helping grow an already outstanding business to ...
Live Nation Acquires Interest In Bank Of NH Pavilion
  –  December 19, 2017
In just the last season, Bank of NH Pavilion reported 36 shows and total gross of $10,333,184 hosting the likes of Luke Bryan, John Mellencamp, Chris Stapleton, Bryan Adams, Third Eye Blind, Florida Georgia Line and more. The venue’s current executive ...
Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season 8 Taglines Have Been Revealed!
  –  December 19, 2017
She had some music metaphors to work with as John Mellencamp’s daughter, but the tagline she ended up with was pretty generic. The fandom needs more than that. RELATED: Photos: Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Season 8 Premiere Party Tonight is the ...
5 Shocking Crimes Caught On Camera In 2017
  –  December 18, 2017
Families who visited the Wisconsin State Fair expected to see his artists like John Mellencamp, The Beach Boys and Pentatonix, but they got an eyeful when smart phones caught a couple having sex out in the open. "We're here for a horse show or a dog show ...


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