2017 WNCX Hall Of Fame Inductee – John Mellencamp

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Born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, John Mellencamp fell in love with music at an early age and 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. His manager dubbed him Johnny Cougar out of his belief that nobody would buy a record by anybody named Mellencamp. John protested but was overruled and eventually, of course, reclaimed his birth name as his public name.

Read The Full John Mellencamp Bio from Mellencamp.com Here

BAND MEMBERS:

Current members

  • Mike Wanchic – guitars, backing vocals (1976–present)
  • Andy York – guitars, backing vocals (1994–present)
  • Miriam Sturm – violin (1996–present)
  • Dane Clark – drums, backing vocals (1996–present)
  • John Gunnell – bass (1999–present)
  • Troye Kinnett – keyboards, accordion, backing vocals (2006–present)

Former members

  • Larry Crane – guitars, backing vocals (1976–1991)
  • Robert “Ferd” Frank – bass, backing vocals (1977–1981)
  • Tom Knowles – drums, backing vocals (1978–1979)
  • Eric Rosser – piano, keyboards (1979–1981)
  • Kenny Aronoff – drums (1980–1996)
  • Pat Peterson – backing vocals (1981–2006)
  • Toby Myers – bass, backing vocals (1982–1999)
  • Lisa Germano – violin (1985–1994)
  • Crystal Taliefero – backing vocals (1985–1989)
  • John Casella – keyboards, accordion (1984–1992)
  • David Grissom – guitars (1989, 1991–1993)
  • Michael Ramos – keyboards, accordion (2002–2005)
  • Moe Z M.D. – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1996–2002)

DISCOGRAPHY:

Studio albums

  • Chestnut Street Incident (1976)
  • A Biography (1978)
  • John Cougar (1979)
  • Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did (1980)
  • American Fool (1982)

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  • The Kid Inside (1983)
  • Uh-huh (1983)
  • Scarecrow (1985)

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  • The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)

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  • Big Daddy (1989)
  • Whenever We Wanted (1991)
  • Human Wheels (1993)
  • Dance Naked (1994)
  • Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996)
  • John Mellencamp (1998)
  • Rough Harvest (1999)
  • Cuttin’ Heads (2001)
  • Trouble No More (2003)
  • Freedom’s Road (2007)
  • Life, Death, Love and Freedom (2008)
  • No Better Than This (2010)
  • Plain Spoken (2014)
  • Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (2017)

NE OHIO CONCERTS:

  • The Agora – August 4, 1979
  • Richfield Coliseum – September 13, 1980
  • The Agora – July 25, 1984
  • Richfield Coliseum – December 12, 1985
  • Richfield Coliseum – December 3, 1987
  • Blossom Music Center – June 12, 1988
  • Richfield Coliseum – January 12, 1992
  • Blossom Music Center – July 7, 1992
  • Richfield Coliseum – August 26, 1994
  • Concert for The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – September 2, 1995
  • Blossom Music Center – June 23, 1999
  • Blossom Music Center – August 30, 2001
  • Classic Park – July 11, 2009
  • Palace Theatre – November 17, 2010
  • Connor Palace – January 31, 2015

NOTABLE SONGS:

  • Pink Houses
  • Authority Song
  • Human Wheels
  • R.O.C.K. In The USA
  • Small Town
  • Crumblin’ Down
  • Walk Tall
  • Hurts So Good
  • Wild Night (Van Morrison)
  • Jack & Diane

SourcesWikipedia.org | Mellencamp.com | Setlist.fm

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