John Mellencamp


John Mellencamp, is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of John Mellencamp.


1951 Birth Born on October 7, 1951.


1970 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Mellencamp became a father in December 1970, only six months after he graduated from high school. … Read More


1972 20 Years Old Mellencamp attended Vincennes University, a two-year college in Vincennes, Indiana, starting in 1972. … Read More
1974 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon graduating from Vincennes University in 1974, Mellencamp played in several local bands including the aforementioned glitter-band Trash, which was named after a New York Dolls song, and he later got a job in Seymour installing telephones. … Read More
1977 - 1978 2 More Events
1979 27 Years Old Riva Records added "I Need a Lover" to Mellencamp's next album released in the United States, 1979's John Cougar, where the song became a No. 28 single in late 1979. … Read More
1980 28 Years Old In 1980, Mellencamp returned with the Steve Cropper-produced Nothin' Matters and What If It Did, which yielded two Top 40 singles – "This Time" (No. 27) and "Ain't Even Done With the Night" (No. 17). "The singles were stupid little pop songs," he told Record Magazine in 1983. "I take no credit for that record. … Read More


1982 - 1983 2 More Events
On the 1984 Uh-Huh Tour, Mellencamp opened his shows with cover versions of songs he admired growing up, including Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" and the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina."
1985 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Shortly after finishing Scarecrow, Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid benefit concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in Champaign, Illinois on September 22, 1985. … Read More
1987 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Mellencamp's next LP, 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee, included the singles "Paper in Fire," (No. 9) "Cherry Bomb," (No. 8), "Check It Out," (No. 14) and "Rooty Toot Toot" (No. 61) along with the popular album tracks "Hard Times for an Honest Man" and "The Real Life," both of which cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. "We were on the road for a long time after Scarecrow, so we were together a lot as a band," Mellencamp said in a 1987 Creem Magazine feature. "For the first time ever, we talked about the record before we started. … Read More


1992 - 1997 6 More Events
1998 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Issued a day before his 47th birthday in 1998, his self-titled debut for Columbia Records included the singles "Your Life is Now" and "I'm Not Running Anymore," along with standout album tracks such as "Eden Is Burning," "Miss Missy," "It All Comes True" and "Chance Meeting at the Tarantula." … Read More
1999 47 Years Old In 1999, Mellencamp covered his own songs as well as those by Bob Dylan and the Drifters for his album Rough Harvest (recorded in 1997), one of two albums he owed Mercury Records to fulfill his contract (the other was The Best That I Could Do, a best-of collection).
2000 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2000, he gave the Indiana University commencement address, in which he advised graduates to "play it like you feel it!" and that "you'll be all right." … Read More
2001 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Mellencamp embarked on the Cuttin' Heads Tour in the summer of 2001, before the album was even released. … Read More


The album was also dedicated to Mellencamp's friend, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White, who died from a heart attack in 2002.
2004 52 Years Old Mellencamp participated in the Vote for Change tour in October 2004 leading up to the 2004 U.S. Presidential election. … Read More
In 2005, Mellencamp toured with Donovan and John Fogerty.
I think we came up with a pretty timeless sounding album," Mellencamp told his online radio station in late 2006. "Our Country," the first single from Freedom's Road, was played as the opening song on Mellencamp's 2006 spring tour, and the band that opened for him on that tour, Little Big Town, was called on to record harmonies on the studio version of "Our Country," as well as seven other songs on Freedom's Road.
2007 55 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 13, 2007, Mellencamp began recording his 18th album of original material, titled Life, Death, Love and Freedom. … Read More
According to a February 8, 2008, Associated Press report, Mellencamp's camp asked that the campaign for presidential candidate Sen. … Read More
Mellencamp participated in a tribute concert for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday on May 3, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City which raised funds for an environmental organization founded by Seeger to preserve and protect the Hudson River. … Read More
He performed "Down by the River" on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles in tribute to Neil Young, who was honored at the 20th annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala.


2012 - 2013 3 More Events
In January 2014, Mellencamp began recording the project, which would ultimately be titled Plain Spoken and would become his 20th album of original material and 22nd studio album overall. … Read More
Mellencamp promoted Plain Spoken with an 80-show North American tour that began on January 21, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana and concluded on August 4 in Indianapolis.
The tour resumed in the spring of 2016 with Mellencamp hitting secondary US markets from April 1 through April 23. … Read More
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