Mellencamp, now beginning to assert his power as a hitmaker, changed his billing for songwriting and production credits to simply John Mellencamp, although his official name on album covers and other releases was still John Cougar Mellencamp.
He also made waves by refusing to allow alcohol or tobacco companies to sponsor his tours and was adamant in not selling his songs for commercial use, no matter how much money he was offered. A." all became Top 10 hits and "Rain On The Scarecrow" and "Rumbleseat" garnered considerable play on album-rock stations.
The album was a failure, and Mellencamp lost his contract with MCA Records.John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including "Jack and Diane", "Pink Houses" and others, and by his role in the Farm Aid charity event.Mellencamp, who was born with a mild form of spina bifida that was corrected with neurosurgery when he was three weeks old, had a troubled childhood marked by several brushes with the law.In 1980, Mellencamp returned with Nothin' Matters And What If It Did?-- another scattershot effort that did manage to yield the Top 40 singles "This Time" and "Ain't Even Done With The Night," the latter of which was one of the most distinct songs Mellencamp had written to date.
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Happy Go Lucky broke new ground in much the same way The Lonesome Jubilee did nine years earlier. In 1999 Mellencamp covered his own tunes as well as those by Bob Dylan and the Drifters (a wonderful take on "Under The Boardwalk") for his album Rough Harvest, one of two albums he owed Mercury Records to fulfill his contract (the other was The Best That I Could Do, a best-of collection).The originals Mellencamp cut for Rough Harvest were done in an acoustic folk fashion and cast new light on some of his strongest material.He also played with a glam-rock band called Trash and another called the Mason Brothers before landing a record deal in 1975.At age 24, Mellencamp, determined to break into the music business, traveled to New York City and signed on with agent Tony De Fries of Main Man Management (at the time well-known for representing David Bowie).In 1982 Mellencamp released his breakthrough album, American Fool, (see 1982 in music).
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The hit singles "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane" sent the album to the top of the charts, and a third single, "Hand To Hold On To," cracked the Top 20 and was a staple in his concerts throughout the 1980s.He decided not to tour behind the album, instead shifting his focus to a newfound love of painting that helped him through a rough divorce from his second wife Vicky.1991's Whenever We Wanted was the first album whose cover was billed to just John Mellencamp.He signed to the tiny Riva Records label and recorded 1978's A Biography.This was unreleased in the United States, but yielded a hit in Australia, "I Need a Lover".