Born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, John Mellencamp fell in love with music at an early age and was gigging in local bars and fronting a soul band by the time he was 14.
His professional music career began in earnest in 1976 when MCA Records released his first album, The Chestnut Street Incident. A.," "Paper In Fire," "Check It Out," "Cherry Bomb," "Pop Singer," and "Jackie Brown." Mellencamp took the music on the road with a band that many considered the best in the business, playing approximately 1,000 shows around the globe during the decade.
Mellencamp stripped off his black suit jacket and roared full throttle through six classic rock anthems straight out of the KQ playlist.
John suffered a mild heart attack while touring in 1994 in support of Dance Naked.
This forced him to take a break from his music career, but he returned strong in 1996 and released Mr.
Mellencamp, 64, has built a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career by putting simple, fun and sometimes melancholy music to the lives of working men and women across the country.
He has landed 22 songs in the Top 10, been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and worked with giants like Willie Nelson and Neil Young to establish Farm Aid, an annual music festival raising awareness to the plight of the family farm.
John was presented with the award at a program of song and conversation at San Jose's historic California Theatre in July of 2012.
In 2016, John received ASCAPs highest honor, The Founders Award, for his exceptional contributions to music.
In 2007 the ASCAP Foundation honored John Mellencamp with its Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding use of music in service to humanity.
Other recipients of this prestigious award have included Tony Bennett, Billy Joel and Arlo Guthrie.
Releases included 1998's John Mellencamp, 1999's Rough Harvest, 2001's Cuttin Heads, and 2003's Trouble No More .
Hit singles during that time ranged from "Your Life Is Now" to "I'm Not Running Anymore" to "Peaceful World." John continued to tour throughout 1999, 2001, 2002, 20.
The Bloomington, Ind., native knows the power of words, the sweat of hard work and the guts of a good song.