Biography

Famous American musician John Mellencamp, also known as Johnny Cougar, was born in Indiana in 1951. Since the very childhood John has been interested in music, and at the age of fourteen he formed his first band called Crepe Soul. Moreover, he played in different local groups, which helped him to get the necessary experience. While studying in the college, Mellencamp got addicted to drugs and alcohol, but later he decided to give up all the bad habits and to devote himself completely to the creativity.

The musician’s debut studio work titled Chestnut Street Incident was released in 1976. That album included cover versions and was issued under the stage name Johnny Cougar. Mellencamp followed the advice of his producer Tony DeFries. However, by 1979 the singer changed his image, and his long play of 1979 was titled John Cougar, and name Johnny was substituted by a more adult one – John. The singer had plenty of new ideas that had been well realized in his albums. Thus, in 1980 Mellencamp issued his fifth studio attempt Nothin' Matters And What If It Did, including such famous compositions as Ain't Even Done With The Night and This Time. In 1982 John released the strong record American Fool that received fair reviews from the critics and pleased the listeners by such hits as Hurts So Good, Jack & Diane and many others. Also in 1982 Mellencamp won Grammy Award for the song Hurts So Good in the nomination Best Male Rock Performer.

In 1983 the performer insisted on usage of his real surname alongside with his stage name. Thus, the album Uh-Huh (1983) was released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp, and that record turned out to be very strong and successful. In 1989 the famous magazine Rolling Stone included Uh-Huh into the list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's, which proves the highest level of that studio work. The next stage of metamorphosis took place in early nineties: the musician began releasing his albums as John Mellencamp, leaving his pseudonym behind. The record Whenever We Wanted (1991) was the first one to present the singer’s real name on its cover.

During the professional musical career Mellencamp was nominated for Grammy Award twelve times and he won one Grammy Award: definitely, such attention from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is quite well deserved. In spite of the big number of albums John still has a lot of fresh ideas and reflections, and the singer always shares them with his listeners. In 2008 the record titled Life, Death, Love, And Freedom was issued, and it got excellent reviews from the experts. There is no doubt that this traditionally strong work will be much enjoyed both by John Mellencamp’s old fans and by all the good music lovers, who appreciate real sincerity in the creativity. John released his new record No Better Than This in 2010. The musician stated that he was tired of being a rock-star, so he decided just to have fun and enjoy what he was doing. It is difficult to argue that such an attitude is a perfect condition to create truly sincere music and the album No Better Than This turned out to be a great proof of that.

Studio Albums

John Mellencamp, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies mp3Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
2017
  • Soft Rock
  • Southern Rock
  • Folk Rock
John Mellencamp, Plain Spoken mp3Plain Spoken
2014
  • Folk Rock
  • Americana
John Mellencamp, No Better Than This mp3No Better Than This
Ветерана американской рок-сцены Джона Мелленкампа потянуло на лирику и философию. Его новый альбом No Better Than This гораздо мягче и вдумчивее большинства прежних дисков артиста
2010
  • Americana
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
John Mellencamp, Life, Death, Love and Freedom mp3Life, Death, Love and Freedom
The American singer-songwriter John Cougar Mellencamp recorded a new album Life, Death, Love, And Freedom. This mature and thoughtful disc is filled with excellent rock songs with the blues and folk touch
2008
  • Americana
  • Folk Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Freedom's Road mp3Freedom's Road
John Cougar Mellencamp’s new album Freedom’s Road is a good old American rocker in the finest sense of the phrase, which features influences of many artists of early and subsequent periods of this reach genre.
2007
  • Folk Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, A Biography mp3A Biography
2005
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Cuttin' Heads mp3Cuttin' Heads
2001
  • Folk Rock
  • Pop/Rock
John Mellencamp, Rough Harvest mp3Rough Harvest
1999
  • Americana
  • Folk Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Chestnut Street Incident mp3Chestnut Street Incident
1998
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock & Roll
John Mellencamp, John Mellencamp mp3John Mellencamp
1998
  • Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Folk Rock
  • Pop/Rock
John Mellencamp, Mr. Happy Go Lucky mp3Mr. Happy Go Lucky
1996
  • Pop/Rock
John Mellencamp, Dance Naked mp3Dance Naked
1994
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Human Wheels mp3Human Wheels
1993
  • Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Folk Rock
John Mellencamp, Whenever We Wanted mp3Whenever We Wanted
1991
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Big Daddy mp3Big Daddy
1989
  • Americana
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, The Lonesome Jubilee mp3The Lonesome Jubilee
1987
  • Americana
  • Folk Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Scarecrow mp3Scarecrow
1985
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, Uh-Huh mp3Uh-Huh
1983
  • Rock
John Mellencamp, American Fool mp3American Fool
1982
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock

Compilation albums

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