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John J Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Active since the 1980s, he is known for his unique brand of rock music, making heavy use of traditional instruments, with a focus on rural and country life. In 1985, Mellencamp, together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, created Farm Aid. He also holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (seven), and has been nominated for 13 Grammies, successfully winning one.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, and to the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, 2018.


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Discography:

  • Chestnut Street Incident (1976)
  • A Biography (1978)
  • John Cougar (1979)
  • Nothin' Matters and What If It Did (1980)
  • American Fool (1982)
  • The Kid Inside (1983)
  • Uh-Huh (1983)
  • Scarecrow (1985)
  • The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
  • Big Daddy (1989)
  • Whenever We Wanted (1991)
  • Human Wheels (1993)
  • Dance Naked (1994)
  • Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996)
  • John Mellencamp (1998)
  • Rough Harvest (1999)
  • Cuttin' Heads (2001)
  • Trouble No More (2003)
  • Freedom's Road (2007)
  • Life, Death, Love and Freedom (2008)
  • No Better Than This (2010)
  • Plain Spoken (2014)
  • Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (2017)
  • Other People's Stuff (2018)

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