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 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.
John Mellencamp and Neil Young Slam Trump at Farm Aid: Photos
Check out our exclusive photos from the 33rd annual Farm Aid concert.
John Mellencamp Announces 'Other People's Stuff' LP, 2019 Tour
Album arrives in November, three months before road trip begins.
Hear Jake Owen's Mellencamp-Inspired 'I Was Jack, You Were Diane'
John Mellencamp's music has intersected with the country world a number of times over the years.
John Mellencamp's 'Plain Spoken' Concert Film Headed to Netflix
'Plain Spoken: From the Chicago Theater' was recorded in October 2016 during the final leg of John Mellencamp's 120-date Plain Spoken Tour.