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 Says Bruce Springsteen is Like a ‘Big Brother’
Singer details how the two rock icons became close friends.
Hear John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen Duet ‘Wasted Days’
Song is the first single from Mellencamp's forthcoming album.
When John Mellencamp Got a Surprise Phone Call From Billy Joel
“You never forget something like that.”
Bruce Springsteen Will Guest on New John Mellencamp LP
"Bruce is singing on the new record and is playing guitar,” Mellencamp said during Clive Davis' virtual Grammy party.
John Mellencamp Previews New Studio LP With Somber Song Clip
Singer-songwriter also announced plans for two other projects: a live LP and a documentary narrated by Matthew McConaughey.
How Pat Benatar Helped Rescue John Mellencamp's Career
The erstwhile John Cougar's self-titled third album re-gained momentum after an unlikely assist.
Man Arrested After Ramming Fence, Entering John Mellencamp's Home
A man broke into John Mellencamp's Bloomington, Ind., home to arrest him because of his political views.
Marc Hauser, Photographer of John Mellencamp's 'Scarecrow,' Dies
Hauser was a Chicago-based celebrity photographer who listed John Mellencamp, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger as his clients.
Watch John Mellencamp's New 'Eyes on the Prize' Video
Track appears on upcoming album 'Other People’s Stuff,' out next month.