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I was totally unaware of it until it showed up on the album jacket.When I objected to it, he said, 'Well, either you're going to go for it, or we're not going to put the record out.' So that was what I had to do...Mellencamp confessed in a 2005 interview: "That [name] was put on me by some manager.I went to New York and everybody said, 'You sound like a hillbilly.' And I said, 'Well, I am.' So that's where he came up with that name.
In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven.(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 has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one.He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. His latest album of original songs, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, was released on April 28, 2017 to widespread critical acclaim.but I thought the name was pretty silly." Mellencamp recorded The Kid Inside, the follow-up to Chestnut Street Incident, in 1977, but De Fries eventually decided against releasing the album and Mellencamp was dropped from MCA records (De Fries finally released The Kid Inside in early 1983, after Mellencamp achieved stardom).Mellencamp drew interest from Rod Stewart's manager, Billy Gaff, after parting ways with De Fries and was signed onto the small Riva Records label.
"To be real honest, there's three good songs on that record, and the rest is just sort of filler," Mellencamp told Creem Magazine of American Fool in 1984.