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John Mellencamp- American Fool 40th anniversary

When JohnMellencamp’s fourth album American Fool yielded three Top Twenty hits in April 1982, including “Hurt So Good” (#2) followed by his first #1, “Jack and Diane”, only two entities were as equally relieved as John: his ambitious English manager and his long suffering US record company. The former had negotiated John’s record deal as “Johnny Cougar”...in a move which would cause the musician considerable chagrin for the better part of ten years. John Mellencamp joins me In the Studio for this classic rock interview on the fortieth anniversary of his breakthrough multi-million seller "American Fool". 

John Mellencamp- Jack and Diane 12-91 garage

Just a few days prior to Christmas 1991, John Mellencamp was rehearsing his band in his garage, literally, in the snow-covered hills of Central Indiana, in preparation for their upcoming 1992 tour. I was invited to interview him and record the band in rehearsal , thus this performance of "Jack and Diane" is absolutely live, no overdubs. In memory of accordion/keyboard player John Cascella.-Redbeard
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John Mellencamp- Scarecrow

John Mellencamp's "Scarecrow"  album released in August 1985 was loaded with hits, including "Small Town","Lonely Ol' Night", and "R.O.C.K. in the USA".  His list of Top 20 hit songs is extensive enough to require the double-disc "Words and Music"  compilation, but it was the album tracks starting with Scarecrow's   "Minutes to Memories", worthy of inclusion in the great Paul Simon songbook, which revealed his songcraft to me.