- Was born with spina bifida, and had corrective surgery as an infant.
- Released first album, Chestnut Street Incident, in 1976 under the name John Cougar.
- Released breakthrough album American Fool in 1982, with hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane."
- Cofounded Farm Aid in 1985 with Willie Nelson and Neil Young.
- Directed and starred in the 1992 feature film Falling From Grace.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Collaborated with Stephen King and T Bone Burnett on the stage musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which opened in 2012.
- Elaine Irwin Mellencamp — Ex-wife
- Marilyn Mellencamp — Mother
- Teddi Jo Mellencamp — Daughter
- Speck Wildhorse Mellencamp — Son
- Meg Ryan — Ex-significant Other
- Hud J. Mellencamp — Son
- Michelle Mellencamp — Daughter
- Victoria Granucci — Ex-wife
- Richard Mellencamp — Father
- Priscilla Esterline — Ex-wife
- Justice Mellencamp — Daughter
- Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana, United States
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