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John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp’s recording career began as Johnny Cougar in the mid-’70s, but it wasn’t until his fifth album — 1982’s No. 1 ‘American Fool’ — that he became a household name (and one that still was making records under his stage moniker). By 1983’s ‘Uh-Huh,’ the Indiana-born singer-songwriter had enough muscle to get his real name on his records, though it wouldn’t be until 1991’s ‘Whenever We Wanted’ that the “Cougar” would be permanently dropped. The change in names coincided with an artistic growth that culminated in 1985’s ‘Scarecrow’ and 1987’s ‘The Lonesome Jubilee,’ two of the decade’s strongest albums of heartland rock. In addition to releasing a series of albums over the years, Mellencamp directed and starred in the 1992 movie ‘Falling From Grace’ and cowrote the musical ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’ with Stephen King in 2012.

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John Mellencamp Albums Ranked Worst to Best

A pre-fab pop singer turned heartland rocker turned rootsy moralist, John Mellencamp has had almost as many career turns as names.

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Jason Davis/  Nicholas Hunt / Terry Wyatt
Jason Davis/ Nicholas Hunt / Terry Wyatt

Billy Joel Welcomes John Mellencamp, Young Rascals Mini-Reunion at Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel got some help from John Mellencamp and two members of the Young Rascals during his March 2017 concert at Madison Square Garden.

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Adam Bettcher, Getty Images
Adam Bettcher, Getty Images

John Mellencamp Says Racist Comment Led to Split With Columbia Records

"I just said, 'Get me off this label – now,'" John Mellencamp reveals.

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Republic
Republic

John Mellencamp Releases Second Single, Track List and Cover Art From ‘Sad Clowns and Hillbillies’

John Mellencamp is gearing up for the April 21 release of his new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies LP with the release of the set's second single, as well as the album artwork and complete track listing.

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Photo credit: Marc Hauser
Photo credit: Marc Hauser

John Mellencamp Announces ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’ Album, 2017 Summer Tour

John Mellencamp will tour the U.S. for five weeks in support of his upcoming album, 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.'

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Adam Bettcher, Getty Images
Adam Bettcher, Getty Images

John Mellencamp Releases New Song, ‘Easy Target,’ Album With Carlene Carter Also Planned

John Mellencamp's "Easy Target" is reportedly a "reflection on the state of our country."

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Columbia
Columbia

15 Years Ago: John Mellencamp Overcomes Label Meddling on ‘Cuttin’ Heads’

John Mellencamp closed out the '90s riding one of rock's most impressive hitmaking streaks — and still just as determined as ever to make records his way.

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Mercury
Mercury

25 Years Ago: John Mellencamp Gets Frisky on ‘Whenever We Wanted’

With 'Whenever We Wanted,' John Mellencamp decided to apply the cinematic detail of albums like 1987's 'The Lonesome Jubilee' to something more elemental.

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MCA / Riva / Riva / Mercury
MCA / Riva / Riva / Mercury

The Story of John Mellencamp’s Long Battle to Escape ‘Johnny Cougar’

Learn how John Mellencamp became Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp and finally John Mellencamp.. again.

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MCA
MCA

40 Years Ago: John Mellencamp Becomes Johnny Cougar for His Debut, ‘Chestnut Street Incident’

John Mellencamp would likely be the first to admit Chestnut Street Incident, his debut album, isn’t his favorite album.

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