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John Mellencamp

American Rock Singer-Songwriter, Musician known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock

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 John Mellencamp Biography

John Cougar Mellencamp was a pop sensation in the 1980s and is known as one of rock’s most enduring acts.

In Mellencamp's early career, he recorded several demos of his songs and eventually moved to New York City to launch his career. In 1976, he landed a manager, Tony DeFries, who worked with the likes of David Bowie. DeFries decided to change Mellencamp’s last name to Cougar, believing that it make him more appealing to the record-buying public. Mellencamp was not pleased with this decision and would later return to his birth name.

After losing his original manager and being dropped from his record label, Mellencamp’s fortunes soon improved. In 1979, he had his first hit, “I Need a Lover,” off his John Cougar album released that year. His next effort, Nothing Matters and What If It Did had two successful singles, “This Time” and “Ain’t Even Done With the Night.”

Mellencamp’s biggest career breakthrough came in 1982 with the chart-topping album American Fool. His ode to a young couple in middle America, “Jack and Diane,” reached the top of the pop charts. For “Hurts So Good,” another hit from the album, Mellencamp won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

The following year, Mellencamp had another hit with Uh-Huh. The album had three successful singles, “Crumblin’ Down,” “Pink Houses” and “Authority Song.” After years of being panned by critics, Mellencamp started to win them over with such recordings as Scarecrow. The plight of the family farmer was a subject especially close to his heart, having been one of the co-founders of Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to supporting American family farms. Working with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 and has worked actively on the charity’s behalf ever since.

Mellencamp continued to mature as an artist with his next recording, The Lonesome Jubilee, which featured some experimentation with a more folk rock sound. Three tracks from the album—“Paper in Fire,” “Cherry Bomb,” and “Check It Out”—reached the top 20 of the pop charts.

With Dance Naked, Mellencamp made a triumphant return to the pop singles charts with a duet with Meshell Ndegéocello. Their hit, “Wild Night,” was a cover of a song by Van Morrison. That same year, Mellencamp had to cancel his tour plans after suffering a heart attack. This health crisis led to some changes in his lifestyle.

Trying out some hip-hop beats, Mellencamp worked with dance music producer Junior Vasquez on Mr. Happy Go Lucky. He later experimented with the blues for 2003’s Trouble No More.

After a few years away from the recording studio, Mellencamp returned with Freedom’s Road, which reached as high as No. 5 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.

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John Mellencamp

American Rock Singer-Songwriter, Musician known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock

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John Mellencamp Biography

John Cougar Mellencamp was a pop sensation in the 1980s and is known as one of rock’s most enduring acts.

In Mellencamp's early career, he recorded several demos of his songs and eventually moved to New York City to launch his career. In 1976, he landed a manager, Tony DeFries, who worked with the likes of David Bowie. DeFries decided to change Mellencamp’s last name to Cougar, believing that it make him more appealing to the record-buying public. Mellencamp was not pleased with this decision and would later return to his birth name.

After losing his original manager and being dropped from his record label, Mellencamp’s fortunes soon improved. In 1979, he had his first hit, “I Need a Lover,” off his John Cougar album released that year. His next effort, Nothing Matters and What If It Did had two successful singles, “This Time” and “Ain’t Even Done With the Night.”

Mellencamp’s biggest career breakthrough came in 1982 with the chart-topping album American Fool. His ode to a young couple in middle America, “Jack and Diane,” reached the top of the pop charts. For “Hurts So Good,” another hit from the album, Mellencamp won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance.

The following year, Mellencamp had another hit with Uh-Huh. The album had three successful singles, “Crumblin’ Down,” “Pink Houses” and “Authority Song.” After years of being panned by critics, Mellencamp started to win them over with such recordings as Scarecrow. The plight of the family farmer was a subject especially close to his heart, having been one of the co-founders of Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to supporting American family farms. Working with Willie Nelson and Neil Young, Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 and has worked actively on the charity’s behalf ever since.

Mellencamp continued to mature as an artist with his next recording, The Lonesome Jubilee, which featured some experimentation with a more folk rock sound. Three tracks from the album—“Paper in Fire,” “Cherry Bomb,” and “Check It Out”—reached the top 20 of the pop charts.

With Dance Naked, Mellencamp made a triumphant return to the pop singles charts with a duet with Meshell Ndegéocello. Their hit, “Wild Night,” was a cover of a song by Van Morrison. That same year, Mellencamp had to cancel his tour plans after suffering a heart attack. This health crisis led to some changes in his lifestyle.

Trying out some hip-hop beats, Mellencamp worked with dance music producer Junior Vasquez on Mr. Happy Go Lucky. He later experimented with the blues for 2003’s Trouble No More.

After a few years away from the recording studio, Mellencamp returned with Freedom’s Road, which reached as high as No. 5 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.

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  • How to book John Mellencamp?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Mellencamp for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John Mellencamp, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Mellencamp or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Mellencamp?

    Booking fees for John Mellencamp, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Mellencamp, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Mellencamp?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Mellencamp for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Mellencamp for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Mellencamp or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Mellencamp or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Mellencamp is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Mellencamp for your event is $200,000 and above. John Mellencamp generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Harry Connick Jr., Beck, Lenny Kravitz, Alanis Morissette and Bob Dylan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Mellencamp for an upcoming event.

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