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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.

John Mellencamp’s Sons Plead Guilty in Beat-down Case

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John Mellencamp's sons have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges from a 2013 fight.

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John Mellencamp Blasts Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

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Adam Bettcher, Getty Images

Mellencamp wrote an op-ed for the Indianapolis Star that criticized the controversial new legislation.

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Is This What Happened to Characters From John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and Steve Miller’s Hits?

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Classic rock fans of all ages have grown up with John Mellencamp's "Jack & Diane," Tommy and Gina from Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" and Billy Joe and Bobby Sue from the Steve Miller Band's "Take the Money and Run."

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John Mellencamp and Sting Join Billy Joel Onstage

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Billy Joel has been mixing up his Madison Square Garden residency with some surprises here and there.

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John Mellencamp Meets the Surgeon Who Saved His Life

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When John Mellencamp was born in 1951, medicine to correct and mitigate the effects of spinal bifida was still in its developmental stages.

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Win a Trip to See John Mellencamp Live in New York City

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You and a guest could win a trip to see John Mellencamp in New York City next year, when he launches his 2015 tour in support of his upcoming 'Plain Spoken' album.

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John Mellencamp Announces ‘Plain Spoken’ Tour

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John Mellencamp will be hitting towns both small and large as part of a massive new 80-date tour in support of his forthcoming 'Plain Spoken' album.

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Listen to John Mellencamp’s New Song, ‘Sometimes There’s God’

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Dustin Finkelstein, Getty Images

Three weeks after John Mellencamp released the first single from his upcoming album, the singer-songwriter has just unveiled another track.

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John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Reportedly Split

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Attention, single ladies of Indiana: It looks like John Mellencamp is back on the market.

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John Mellencamp Releases New Single, ‘Troubled Man’

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Republic

John Mellencamp opens a new chapter in his long career with the release of his 22nd album, 'Plain Spoken,' in September, but you don't have to wait that long to hear new Mellencamp music.

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