John Mellencamp is a rock and roots rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. At the age of 14, he joined his first band, a soul group called "Crepe Soul." After releasing several unsuccessful albums under the name John Cougar in the late seventies and early eighties, he finally got his breakthrough with his 1982 album American Fool. This album featured the hit singles "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane". "Hurts So Good" spent more time on the Top Ten charts than any other single in the eighties.
In 1983, under the name John Cougar Mellencamp, he released Uh-Huh, his second Top 10 album which spawned three hit singles, "Pink Houses," "Crumbling Down" and "Authority Song." This release was followed in 1985 with Scarecrow, a more socially aware album that featured several songs focusing on the plight of American farmers. "Lonely Ol' Night", "Small Town", and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." all became Top 10 hits, and "Rain On The Scarecrow" and "Rumble Seat" both reached the Top 40.