John Cougar Mellencamp Backing Tracks -Authority Song … Check It Out … Cherry Bomb … Crumblin’ Down … Hurts So Good … Lonely Ol’ Night … Paper In The Fire … Pink Houses … Rain On The Scarecrow … R.O.C.K. In The USA … Small Town … What You Say
John Cougar Mellencamp is an American singer who 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. This was followed by more albums until he broke out in 1979 with his first hit, “I Need A Lover”. In 1982 his fifth album American Fool was the year’s best-selling album on the strength of two huge hits, “Hurts So Good,” and the number 1 single “Jack & Diane,” The albums that followed in the 80’s, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy, were released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp. Hit singles during this period included “Crumblin Down,” “The Authority Song,” “Small Town,” “Rain On The Scarecrow,” “Lonely Ol Night,” “”R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.,” “Paper In Fire,” “Check It Out,” “Cherry Bomb,” “Pop Singer,” and “Jackie Brown.”
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He received the 2001 Billboard Century award in recognition of all that he had accomplished over the course of his career and was honoured with the Woody Guthrie Award in 2004. Previously, he was awarded a Grammy and had been nominated a total of 11 times. In 2007 the ASCAP Foundation honoured 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. He was honoured by The Americana Music Association with it’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Song writing three years later with the award presented in Nashville by Rosanne Cash. He was recognized with the John Steinbeck Award by San Jose State University’s Steinbeck Centre. The award, subtitled “In The Souls of the People,” is given to individuals who have contributed to society in the spirit of the author John Steinbeck. Other recipients have included Arthur Miller, Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Bruce Springsteen, Ken Burns, Joan Baez, and Studs Terkel. 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 ASCAP’s highest honour, The Founders Award, for his exceptional contributions to music and will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14, 2018.
John Cougar Mellencamp Backing Tracks
Authority Song … Check It Out … Cherry Bomb … Crumblin’ Down … Hurts So Good … Lonely Ol’ Night … Paper In The Fire … Pink Houses … Rain On The Scarecrow … R.O.C.K. In The USA … Small Town … What You Say