The album fared poorly and he quickly found himself without a record deal and stuck with a dumb stage name. By this time his down-homey image was being given constant display on the fledgling MTV channel, a fact that helped both 1983's Uh-Huh (the first record on which he reclaimed his birth name, although still keeping the "Cougar" as a middle name) and 1985's Scarecrow (the first record to earn him significant critical notice).
A follow-up album recorded for MCA, The Kid Inside, was put on indefinite hold, but the singer managed to secure another record deal with the British label Riva Records, and two years later his next effort A Biography was released in the U. 1985 saw the beginning of Farm Aid, a festival staged to benefit struggling American farmers that was co-founded by the singer with fellow musicians Willie Nelson and Neil Young; two further incarnations of the benefit were staged in '86 and '87, both featuring Mellencamp's participation.
A consistent output was maintained up through the mid-1990s, support for the records and tours coming more and more from a core fan base rather than chart activity and media hype (an exception to this being the top ten duet with Me'Shell Ndeg Ocello on the Van Morrison song Wild Night in 1994).
(born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. Mellencamp released his latest album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, on April 28, 2017, to widespread critical acclaim.Farm Aid 2017, an all-day music and food festival, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs Robots. Read More - Premiered live on Yahoo's The Katie Couric Interview "Easy Target" is Johns reflection on the state of our country.Additional artists will be announced later this summer. Read More - AXS TV will broadcast Farm Aid 2017 live beginning at p.m. An outspoken artist, Mellencamp continues his journey to convey the truth through this passionate and plain-spoken song.Brinkley was famously married to Billy Joel, from 1985 until 1994.While talking to host Williams, Brinkley shared how she and the "Uptown Girl" singer have remained on good terms."Well, I've had a lot of practice.