This Day In Rock. John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp
Indiana rocker John Mellencamp turns 65 today!
John Cougar Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951, in Seymour, Indiana US. The first Johnny Cougar album, ‘Chestnut Street Incident’, was released by MCA in 1976, but failed to sell many copies.
In 1979, he had his first hit, “I Need a Lover,” off his ‘John Cougar’ album released that year.
Mellencamp’s biggest career breakthrough came in 1982 with the chart-topping album ‘American Fool’. For “Hurts So Good,” a hit from the album, Mellencamp won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male.
Mellencamp continued to mature as an artist with his ‘The Lonesome Jubilee’ (1987), which featured some experimentation with a more folk rock sound.
With ‘Dance Naked’ (1994), Mellencamp made a triumphant return to the pop singles charts.
After a few years away from the recording studio, Mellencamp returned with ‘Freedom’s Road’ (2007), which reached as high as number five on the album charts.
In 2008, Mellencamp was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His 2008 album, ‘Life, Death, Love and Freedom’, was released to stellar reviews and a strong showing on the album charts.