John Mellencamp is a well-known musician from the United States who has received several honors in his career. He has released many albums and has been active in his career for over four decades. In 2008, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of his popular singles include, “Jack & Diane”, “Small Town”, “Pink Houses”, “Cherry Comb”, and “Paper in Fire”. Here is a quick summary of net worth, career, and earnings of John Mellencamp in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
John J. Mellencamp was previously known as Johnny Cougar. He was born in 1951 in Seymour, Indiana. He is the son of Marilyn Lowe and Richard Mellencamp. It must have been really tough for him as he was born with ‘spina bifida’. He underwent a surgery when he just an infant.
He went to Seymour High School and formed his first band when he was just 14. Later, he went to the Vincennes University for two years. After graduating, John went to New York to have a career in music.
At just 18 years old, John Mellencamp got married to Priscilla Esterline. At the time of their wedding, his wife was already pregnant. They have a daughter named Michelle. The couple separated in 1981. From 1981 to 1989, he was married to Victoria Granucci. The couple has two children named Justice and Teddi Jo. From 1992 to 2010, he was married to Elaine Irwin. They are the parents of two sons named, Speck and Hud. He was in a relationship with Meg Ryan in 2014, and have now reunited after having a break-up. He has also dated Christie Brinkly. At the age of 37 years, John became a grandfather.
Career, Award & Nominations
John Mellencamp released his debut album entitled, ‘Chestnut Street Incident’ in 1976. This was followed up by the albums, ‘A Biography’ and ‘John Cougar’. In 1980, the singer released the commercially successful album called ‘Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did’. He then released the multi-platinum album, ‘American Fool’. He then released another highly successful album, ‘Uh-Huh’.
In 1985, Mellencamp released ‘Scarecrow’. This was followed by ‘The Lonesome Jubilee’, ‘Big Daddy’, ‘Whenever We Wanted’, ‘Human Wheels’, ‘Dance Naked’, and ‘Mr. Happy Go Lucky’. All of these albums were highly successful. In 1983, he won the Grammy Award and has twice won the Woody Guthrie Award. His other albums include ‘Trouble No More’, ‘John Mellencamp’, ‘Cuttin’ Heads’, ‘Plain Spoken’, and ‘Sad Clowns & Hillbillies’.
Apart from releasing 23 studio albums, John has also released two live albums, 65 singles, a tribute album, and three compilation albums. His No. 1 singles include “Hurts So Good”, “Jack & Diane”, “Lonely Ol’ Night”, “Paper in Fire”, “Pop Singer”, and “What If I Came Knocking”. In 2018, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has also received the Billboard Century Award, ASCAP Foundation Award, and Americana Lifetime Achievement Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
Consider knowing the net worth of a musician who has released many commercially successful albums in his career? The multi-award winning singer has sold more than 40 million albums and made a net worth of over $30 million. In addition to singing and songwriting, he has also appeared in films. His film credits include, ‘Madison’, ‘Falling from Grace’, ‘After Image’, ‘Lone Star State of Mind’, and ‘At the Movies’. He has also written scores for several movies including ‘Ithaca’ and has made several guest appearances.
John Mellencamp is a very inspirational person. He has also worked for several causes and has received honors for the same. Throughout his entire career, he has given many hit singles and albums. A popular name in the music industry, John has got many fans across the world.