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.
Odd Couples: When Mick Ronson Helped John Mellencamp Score a Hit
Heartland rocker's most successful single came together with the assistance of Bowie's guitarist.
John Mellencamp's 'American Fool': Beyond 'Jack and Diane'
There's more to his only No. 1 album than its two massive singles.
John Mellencamp Briefly Went Hollywood With 'Falling From Grace'
Singer-songwriter discusses directing and starring in 1992 feature-length film.
Why John Mellencamp Told Bob Dylan to ‘Quit Calling’ Him
Mellencamp says Dylan used to ring "in the middle of the night."
John Mellencamp, 'Strictly a One-Eyed Jack': Album Review
Singer-songwriter gets reflective, with a little help from Bruce Springsteen, on latest LP.
John Mellencamp Likes the Effect Smoking Has Had on His Voice
His new album ‘Strictly a One-Eyed Jack’ is due later this week.
John Mellencamp Admits He ‘Always Detested’ ‘Jack and Diane’
Singer is still shocked to see people connecting with the "little ditty."
John Mellencamp Details Upcoming 'Strictly a One-Eyed Jack' Album
New LP features three Bruce Springsteen collaborations.
Listen to John Mellencamp's New Song, 'Chasing Rainbows'
Track will appear on next studio album, 'Strictly a One-Eyed Jack.'
John Mellencamp Says Bruce Springsteen is Like a ‘Big Brother’
Singer details how the two rock icons became close friends.