Fast Facts

  • 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.


  • Richard Mellencamp — Father
  • Priscilla Esterline — Ex-wife
  • Christie Brinkley — Ex-significant Other
  • Elaine Irwin Mellencamp — Ex-wife
  • Marilyn Mellencamp — Mother
  • Speck Wildhorse Mellencamp — Son
  • Teddi Jo Mellencamp — Daughter
  • Justice Mellencamp — Daughter
  • Meg Ryan — Ex-significant Other
  • Hud J. Mellencamp — Son
  • Michelle Mellencamp — Daughter
  • Victoria Granucci — Ex-wife


  • Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana, United States


  • Birth Place: Seymour, Indiana, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician

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