Award-winning rock singer/songwriter and guitarist John Mellencamp was born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana. Also credited as John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp, he has had a long and successful recording and performing career (see bio at VH1.com). Highlights include a series of 1980s hits, including “Jack and Diane” and “Hurts So Good,” and several appearances in the Farm Aid charity event. Mellencamp also began a screen career as director and actor in 1992’s Falling from Grace, a story by Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry.
Candyce Clifft’s interview with Mellencamp is courtesy of WDRB/Louisville’s FOX in the Morning. Candyce and her WDRB crew went to Mellencamp’s Southern Indiana home to conduct the interview. In it, Mellencamp talks about his new album, his passion for painting, and his continuing quest to write the perfect song.
- Program 119
- An interview with singer/songwriter and Indiana native John Mellencamp, a Flock of Finns retrospective, the Geek Squad, and Diane McGraw of the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. (#119)