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John Mellencamp

American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock which emphasizes traditional instrumentation add

Category: Music

Born in 1951.

Countries: United States (52%), United Kingdom (9%), Indiana (9%)

Main connections: Bob Dylan, Rolling Stone, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp

Linked to: Columbia Records, Chestnut Street Incident, Ampex, Associated Press

 

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John Mellencamp was born in 1951 add something


1955

Mellencamp recorded the album using a 1955 Ampex portable recording machine and only one microphone, requiring all the musicians to gather together around the mic add something


1957

In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl add something


1960

He intended for "Freedom's Road" to have a 1960s rock sound while still remaining contemporary, and he feels that goal was achieved add something

 

Bruce Robb (producer) - He is most recognized for his active role in the formative years of the music industry: first as a member of The Robbs during the music revolution of the 1960s, as a founder of Cherokee Studios in the 1970s; followed by decades of producing, engineering and recording with artists like Mos Def, Macy Gray, Henry Rollins, Steve Vai, The Lemonheads, John Mellencamp, Steve_Cropper, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Del Shannon, Wilson Pickett


1966

Mellencamp would play a handful of songs before introducing Donovan and duetting with him on the 1966 hit "Sunshine Superman add something


1970

He eloped with his pregnant girlfriend Priscilla Esterline at the age of 18 and became a father in December 1970, six months after he graduated from high school add something


1972

Mellencamp attended &Vincennes, Indiana University, a two-year college in Vincennes, Indiana , Indiana, starting in 1972 add something


1974

After about 18 months of traveling back and forth from Indiana to New York City in 1974 and 1975, Mellencamp finally found someone receptive to his music and image in Tony DeFries of MainMan Management add something

 

Upon graduating from Vincennes University in 1974, Mellencamp played in a couple of local bands, including the aforementioned glitter-band Trash, which was named after a New York Dolls song, and he later got a job in Seymour, Indiana installing telephones add something


1976

Mellencamp had last played at the Crump Theatre on October 4, 1976 add something


1977

Mellencamp recorded "The Kid Inside", the follow-up to "Chestnut Street Incident," in 1977, but DeFries eventually decided against releasing the album and Mellencamp was dropped from MCA records add something


1978

At Gaff's request, Mellencamp moved to London, England for nearly a year to record, promote and tour behind 1978's "A Biography add something


1979

Riva Records added "I Need a Lover" to Mellencamp's next album released in the United States, 1979's "John Cougar", where the song became a No. 28 single in late 1979 add something


1980

In 1980, Mellencamp turned down the lead role in the movie "The Idolmaker" because, as he told the "Toledo Blade" in 1983, "I was afraid that if I made too much money, I'd have no motivation to make records anymore add something

 

Kenny Aronoff - In 1980 he opted out of an opportunity to audition for Lou Rawls and instead joined John Mellencamp's band, recording 10 albums and touring with him over a 17-year period

 

MTV - MTV played some classic rock acts from the 1980s and earlier decades, including David Bowie, Dire Straits , Journey, Rush, Aerosmith, The Moody Blues, John Mellencamp, Billy_Joel, Genesis, Billy Squier, Robert Palmer, Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Who and &ZZ_Top; newly solo acts such as Robert Plant, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, David Lee Roth and Pete_Townshend; supergroup acts such as Asia, Power Station, The Firm and Traveling Wilburys, as well as forgotten acts such as Michael Stanley Band, Shoes, Blotto and Taxxi


1982

In 1982, Mellencamp released his breakthrough album, "American Fool", which contained the singles "Hurts So Good," an uptempo rock tune that spent four weeks at No. 2 and 16 weeks in the top 10, and "Jack & Diane," which was a No. 1 hit for four weeks add something


1983

The first album recorded under his new name John Cougar Mellencamp was 1983's "Uh-Huh", a Top-10 album that spawned the Top 10 singles "Pink Houses,"and "Crumblin' Down" as well as the No. 14 hit "Authority Song," which he said is "our version of "I Fought the Law add something


1984

In 1984, when asked about his views on drugs, he told Bill Holdship of "Creem" magazine, "If you want to stick needles in your arms, go ahead and fucking do it add something

 

On the 1984 Uh-Huh Tour, Mellencamp opened his shows with cover versions of songs he admired growing up, including Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel," the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," Lee Dorsey's "Ya Ya" and the Left Banke's "Pretty Ballerina add something

 

"Scarecrow" was the first album Mellencamp recorded at his own recording studio "Belmont Mall," located in Belmont, Indiana and built in 1984 add something


1985

Mellencamp is one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land add something

 

Shortly after finishing "Scarecrow", Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid benefit concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in Champaign, Illinois on September 22, 1985 add something

 

Willie Nelson - Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms, after Bob Dylan's comments during the Live Aid concert that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt

 

Streets of Philadelphia - This was a technique, appropriate for emotionally intense songs for which conventional video lip-syncing would seem especially false, that John Mellencamp pioneered in his 1985 "Rain on the Scarecrow" video, and that Springsteen himself had used on his 1987 "Brilliant Disguise" video


1986

During this time he experimented with drugs and alcohol, stating in a 1986 "Rolling Stone" interview, "When I was high on pot, it affected me so drastically that when I was in college there were times when I wouldn't get off the couch add something

 

According to the February 1986 edition of "Creem Magazine", Mellencamp wanted to incorporate the sound of classic '60s rock into "Scarecrow", and he gave his band close to a hundred old singles to learn "almost mathematically verbatim" prior to recording album add something

 

Jackie Wilson - Wilson is referenced in the 1986 song "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A." by "John Mellencamp"


1987

During the 1987-88 Lonesome Jubilee Tour, Mellencamp was joined onstage by surprise guest Bruce Springsteen at the end of his May 26, 1988 gig in Irvine, California, for a duet of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone", which Mellencamp performed as the penultimate song during each show on that tour add something


1988

In 1988, "Rolling Stone" magazine called this version of Mellencamp's band "one of the most powerful and versatile live bands ever assembled add something


1989

In 1989, Mellencamp released the personal album "Big Daddy," with the key tracks "Jackie Brown," "Big Daddy of Them All" and "Void in My Heart" accompanying the Top 15 single "Pop Singer add something

 

Ashley Richardson - In 1989 she had a leading role in John Mellencamp's "Let It All Hang Out" music video


1990

Bill Monroe - On April 7, 1990, Monroe performed for Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis, Indiana along with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil_Young and with many other artists


1992

He married former supermodel Elaine Irwin Mellencamp on September 5, 1992, but on December 30, 2010, Mellencamp announced that he and Irwin had separated after 18 years of marriage add something

 

Elaine Irwin - Elaine was 23 when she married musician John Mellencamp on September 5, 1992


1993

In 1993, he released "Human Wheels", and the title track peaked at No. 48 on the "Billboard" singles chart add something

 

Backstreet Boys - Mercury Records nearly signed them in 1993, but the deal fell through at the last minute because longtime Mercury recording artist John Mellencamp threatened to leave the label if they got in boy band business

 

Rip Rogers - Rip made an appearance in the 1993 music video for "Human Wheels" by fellow Seymour, Indiana native John Mellencamp


1994

Germano would remain in Mellencamp's band until 1994, when she left to pursue a solo career add something

 

Mellencamp's 1994 "Dance Naked" album included a cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night" as a duet with Meshell Ndegeocello add something

 

With guitarist Andy York now on board as Larry Crane's full-time replacement, Mellencamp launched his Dance Naked Tour in the summer of 1994, but a minor heart attack suffered after a show at Jones Beach in New York on August 8 of that year eventually forced him to cancel the last few weeks of the tour add something


1995

He returned to the concert stage in early 1995 by playing a series of dates in small Midwestern clubs under the pseudonym Pearl Doggy add something


1996

Kyle Woodring - Woodring performed briefly with John Mellencamp in 1996, a project which led him to begin touring and recording for the past eight years with country music star Deana Carter


1998

He released a book of his early paintings, titled "Paintings and Reflections", in 1998 add something

 

Issued a day before his 47th birthday in 1998, his self-titled debut for Columbia Records included the singles "Your Life is Now" and "I'm Not Running Anymore," along with standout album tracks such as "Eden Is Burning," "Miss Missy," "It All Comes True" and "Chance Meeting At The Tarantula add something


1999

In 1999, Mellencamp covered his own songs as well as those by Bob Dylan and the Drifters for his album "Rough Harvest" , one of two albums he owed Mercury Records to fulfill his contract add something


2000

Mellencamp and Green had a falling out in the early 2000s, and Green ultimately moved from Bloomington, Indiana to Taos, New Mexico in 2001 add something

 

Mellencamp and Green's final collaboration was "Yours Forever," a song that was included on the soundtrack to the 2000 movie, "The Perfect Storm" add something

 

Mellencamp has been working on a musical with horror author Stephen King, entitled "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County", since 2000 add something

 

In August 2000, Mellencamp played a series of unannounced free concerts in major cities on the East Coast and in the Midwest as a way of giving back to fans who had supported him the previous 24 years add something


2001

Mellencamp embarked on the Cuttin' Heads Tour in the summer of 2001, before the album was even released add something

 

India.Arie - Arie performed a duet with rock singer-guitarist John Mellencamp on the song "Peaceful World" for his 2001 album "Cuttin' Heads"


2002

The album was dedicated to Mellencamp's friend, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White, who died from a heart attack in 2002 add something

 

Mellencamp sang the gospel song "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" at White's funeral on July 2, 2002 add something

 

In October 2002, Mellencamp performed the Robert Johnson song "Stones In My Passway" at two benefit concerts for White add something


2003

In 2003, Mellencamp became one of the first entertainers to speak out against the Iraqi War when he released the song "To Washington," which was critical of the 2000 U.S. Presidential elections add something

 

In 2003, he released "Trouble No More", a quickly-recorded collection of folk and blues covers originally done by artists such as Robert Johnson, Son House, Lucinda Williams and Hoagie Carmichael add something


2004

Mellencamp participated in the Vote for Change tour in October 2004 leading up to the 2004 U.S. Presidential election add something

 

Bruce Springsteen - In 2004, Springsteen and the E Street Band participated in the Vote for Change tour, along with John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Bright Eyes, the Dave Matthews Band, Jackson Browne, and other musicians


2005

In 2005, Mellencamp toured with Donovan and John Fogerty add something

 

Tony Iommi - Released on 12 July 2005, John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronoff completed the trio on the album


2006

I think we came up with a pretty timeless sounding album," Mellencamp told his online radio station in late 2006 add something

 

Mellencamp sang "Our Country" to open Game 2 of the 2006 World Series, and the song was nominated for a 2008 Grammy award in the category Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance but lost out to Bruce Springsteen's "Radio Nowhere add something

 

Although Mellencamp had always been outspoken and adamant about not selling any of his songs to corporations to use in commercials, he changed his stance and let Chevrolet use "Our Country" in Chevy Silverado TV commercials that began airing in late September 2006 add something

 

Dub Taylor - In early 2006, filmmaker Mark Stokes began directing a feature-length documentary on the life of Dub Taylor, "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor", which has received support from the Taylor Family and many of Dub's previous co-workers, including Bill Cosby, Peter Fonda, Dixie Carter, John Mellencamp, Don Collier, and Cheryl Rogers-Barnett


2007

On his 2007 album, "Freedom's Road", Mellencamp included a hidden track called "Rodeo Clown," which was a direct reference to George W. Bush add something

 

Ryan D'Agostino of "Esquire" stated in a review of a New York rehearsal of "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" in the fall of 2007, "Musicals aren't usually a guy thing add something

 

Mellencamp released "Freedom's Road", his first album of original material in over five years, on January 23, 2007 add something

 

In April 2007, Mellencamp performed for wounded troops at the Walter Reed Medical Center add something

 

In April 2007, Mellencamp was a "guest critic" on "At the Movies", filling in for Roger Ebert add something

 

On August 13, 2007, Mellencamp began recording his 18th album of original material, titled "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" add something

 

The first song with video, "Jena," was introduced on Mellencamp's website in October 2007 add something


2008

In its list of the 50 best albums of 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" No. 5 overall and dubbed "Troubled Land" No. 48 among the 100 best singles of the year add something

 

Mellencamp performed "Small Town" at a Barack Obama rally in Evansville, Indiana on April 22, the night of the 2008 Pennsylvania primary add something

 

Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2008 add something

 

According to a February 8, 2008, Associated Press report, Mellencamp's camp asked that the campaign for presidential candidate Sen. John McCain stop using his songs, including "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" during their campaign events add something

 

In an interview with the "Bloomington Herald-Times" in March 2008, Mellencamp dubbed "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" "The best record I've ever made add something

 

Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008 by Billy Joel add something

 

The induction ceremony took place in New York City on March 10, 2008, and Mellencamp was inducted by his good friend Billy Joel, who asked Mellencamp to induct him into the Rock Hall back in 1999 add something

 

Mellencamp performed "Our Country" at a rally for Hillary Clinton in Indianapolis , Indiana, on May 3, 2008, although he never came out in support of either Obama or Clinton during the primaries add something

 

A video for the song was filmed in Savannah, Georgia, GA on June 9, 2008 add something

 

The album, which was released on July 15, 2008, was produced by acclaimed roots producer $T-Bone_Burnett (T_Bone_Burnett) add something

 

Mellencamp made a guest appearance at Billy Joel's July 16, 2008 concert at Shea Stadium in New York add something

 

She harmonizes with Mellencamp on "My Sweet Love" and provides background vocals to three other songs on "Life, Death, Love and Freedom", which became the ninth Top 10 album of Mellencamp's career when it debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 the week of August 2, 2008 add something

 

On September 3, 2008, Mellencamp made available on his website a home-video recording of his solo acoustic cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" as a sign that the 2008 Presidential Election is going to bring about change in America add something

 

On September 23, 2008, Mellencamp filmed a concert at the Crump Theatre in Columbus, Indiana for a new A&E Biography series called "Homeward Bound add something

 

On October 6, 2008, Mellencamp won the prestigious Classic Songwriter award at the 2008 Q awards in London, England add something

 

The program aired on December 11, 2008 and featured an in-depth documentary tracing Mellencamp's roots add something


2009

Mellencamp was nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009 and 2010 but was not elected either time add something

 

Mellencamp participated in a tribute concert for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday on May 3, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City which raised funds for an environmental organization founded by Seeger to preserve and protect the Hudson River add something

 

On December 6, 2009, Mellencamp performed "Born in the U.S.A." as a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, who was one of the honorees at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors add something

 

Kris Kristofferson - In December 2009, it was announced that Kristofferson would be portraying Joe in the upcoming album "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County", a collaboration between rock singer John Mellencamp and novelist Stephen King


2010

In 2010, Mellencamp's music was used by the National Organization for Marriage at events opposing same-sex marriage add something

 

He performed "Down By The River" on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles in tribute to Neil Young, who was honored at the 20th annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala add something

 

His latest album, "No Better Than This", was released on August 17, 2010 to widespread critical acclaim add something

 

"No Better Than This" was released on August 17, 2010 and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, becoming the 10th Top 10 album of his career add something

 

On September 9, 2010, Mellencamp received the Americana Lifetime Achievement award in Nashville add something

 

Mellencamp, who co-headlined 11 shows in the summer of 2010 with Bob Dylan, launched the "No Better Than This" theater tour on October 29, 2010 in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana add something

 

Meg Ryan - As of November 2010, she is in a relationship with American rock singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, who announced on December 30, 2010 that he and his wife, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, were divorcing after 18 years of marriage

 

Elaine Irwin Mellencamp - On December 30, 2010, it was announced that she and John Mellencamp were separating after eighteen years of marriage, but both were choosing to stay in Indiana to raise their two children

 

Elaine Irwin - On December 30, 2010, it was announced that she and John Mellencamp were separating after eighteen years of marriage, but both were choosing to stay in Indiana to raise their two children


2011

He brought the "No Better Than This" tour to Europe in the summer of 2011, opening in Copenhagen on June 24 add something

 

Their divorce became official on August 12, 2011, with the couple negotiating "an amicable settlement of all issues involving property and maintenance rights, the custody and support of their children, and all other issues," according the settlement agreement add something

 

On August 28, 2011, Green died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, New Mexico at the age of 59 after losing a battle with a rapid-forming small cell lung cancer add something

 

Elaine Irwin Mellencamp - On January 14, 2011 John Mellencamp filed for divorce and requested that Elaine be returned to her maiden name 'Irwin'

 

Elaine Irwin - On January 14, 2011 John Mellencamp filed for divorce and requested that Elaine be returned to her maiden name 'Irwin'


2012

Mellencamp has taken part in two Woody Guthrie tribute concerts in 2012 as part of a year-long celebration surrounding 100-year anniversary of the folk icon's birth add something

 

The musical debuted in the spring of 2012 at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta , GA, where it ran from April 4 through May 13 add something

 

The tour finally concluded with a tour of Canada in the summer of 2012 add something

 

On July 30, 2012 in San Jose, CA, Mellencamp received the John Steinbeck award, given to those individuals who exemplify the spirit of "Steinbeck's empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of the common man add something


2013

The musical will tour 20 U.S. cities as a "radio play" in the fall of 2013 add something

 

A CD/DVD deluxe edition, featuring the dialog, soundtrack, handwritten lyrics and a mini-documentary about the making of the musical, was released on June 4, 2013 add something

 

In an interview on the Bob and Tom syndicated morning radio show on June 5, 2013, Mellencamp said he will begin recording a new album in the fall of 2013 add something

 

Mellencamp told Rolling Stone in December 2013: "I just signed with Universal add something

 

Rosanne Cash - Cash sang the part of Monique on the 2013 album "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County", a collaboration between rock singer John Mellencamp and novelist Stephen King


2014

He is nominated for induction again in 2014 add something

 

Mellencamp hopes to play many types of venues on his 2014 tour add something

 

Mellencamp will begin recording a new album, the follow-up to "No Better Than This", in January 2014 add something

 

Prior to the release of "Plain Spoken", Mellencamp will drop a new live album, "Trouble No More Live at Town Hall," on July 8, 2014 add something

 

On September 23, 2014, Mellencamp will release "Plain Spoken", his 20th album of original material and the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2010 album "No Better Than This" add something

 

The release date is set for September 23, 2014 add something

 

"The Paintings of John Mellencamp" will travel Museum of Art in DeLand, Florida, where it will be on view from October 10, 2014 through December 28, 2014, and the Morris Museum of Art in August a, Georgia, where it will be on view from January 17 to April 12, 2015 add something

 

"The Paintings of John Mellencamp" is currently on view at the Museum of Art in DeLand, Florida through December 28, 2014, and the exhibit will move to the Morris Museum of Art in August a, Georgia, where it will be on view from January 17 to April 12, 2015 add something


2015

Mellencamp will promote "Plain Spoken" with an 80-show North American tour that will begin on January 21, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana and conclude on August 4 in Indianapolis add something

 

The latest exhibit of Mellencamp's paintings, titled "American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp," is on view at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia from January 11 to April 12, 2015 add something

 

In September 2015, it was widely reported that Mellencamp was in a new relationship with former supermodel Christie Brinkley add something

 

A current showing of Mellencamp's artwork, titled "John Mellencamp: The Isolation of Mister," opened on October 22, 2015 will run until December 19 at the ACA Galleries in New York City add something

 

Mellencamp has written the score for Meg Ryan's new movie "Ithaca", which premiered on October 23, 2015 at the Middleburg Film Festival in Virginia add something

 

In December 2015, Mellencamp will begin recording a duets album with Carter, who was his opening act on the Plain Spoken tour and would join Mellencamp for two songs during his set add something

 

Carlene Carter - Carter will be the opening act on John Mellencamp's 80-date "Plain Spoken" tour in 2015


2016

A final leg of secondary US markets was added for April 2016 add something

 

The duo debuted two songs from the album, "Indigo Sunset" and "My Soul's Got Wings," during Mellencamp's concert in Tulsa on April 1, 2016 add something

 

On April 27, 2016, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will present Mellencamp with its prestigious Founders award at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music awards in Los Angeles add something

 

In a May 6, 2016 Q&A after a screening of the movie at Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival, Ryan said: "The music is so beautiful add something

 

In August 2016, the couple announced their separation after almost a year of dating add something


2017

Mellencamp released a new song called "Easy Target," a "reflection on the state of our country," on January 19, 2017 - the eve of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration add something

 

The album's second single, "Grandview," was released on February 24, 2017 add something

 

Mellencamp and Carter's duets album, which is called "Sad Clowns & Hillbillies," will be released on April 28, 2017 add something

 

Mellencamp will launch his Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour on June 5, 2017 in Denver, CO. The tour is currently scheduled to conclude on September 3 in Canfield, OH. Carter, Emmylou Harris, and Lily & Madeleine will serve as supporting acts on the tour add something

 

In July 2017 it was reported Mellencamp and Ryan have reunited and are dating again add something


2018

In 2018, Mellencamp was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame add something

 

On February 1, 2018, Netflix began streaming an October 25, 2016 concert from Mellencamp's Plain Spoken Tour at the Chicago Theatre add something

 

A CD/DVD/Blu-Ray release of the documentary and of the concert without Mellencamp's narration, titled "Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theatre", will be released on May 11, 2018 add something

 

Mellencamp was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, 2018 add something

 

On June 14, 2018, Mellencamp was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame add something

 

On August 30, 2018, Mellencamp was bestowed with the Woody Guthrie Prize in Tulsa, Oklahoma add something

 

Mellencamp will conclude the Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour with a run of Canadian shows that will begin September 26, 2018 in Moncton, New Brunswick and wrap up on November 14 in Abbotsford, British Columbia add something

 

In October 2018, it was announced that Broadway Licensing will redevelop "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" and make it available for worldwide licensing in 2019 add something

 

Mellencamp and Ryan got engaged in November 2018 add something

 

Mellencamp will release a compilation album of cover songs titled "Other People's Stuff" on December 7, 2018 add something