Thursday, February 8, 2018

John Mellencamp to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame

John Mellencamp is among the artists set to be inducted into the 2018 Songwriters Hall Of Fame during a June 14 event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

The Indiana rocker will be honored alongside Bill Anderson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor p/k/a “Kool & The Gang,” Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson and Allee Willis.

“The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone,” said SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff and President/CEO Linda Moran. “Each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor. We could not be more excited to preside over this year’s event and to give these songwriters their due respect.”

With 23 studio albums to his credit, Mellencamp began his career in the mid-1970s with releases under the names Johnny Cougar and John Cougar before transitioning to John Cougar Mellencamp in the 1980s and, finally, John Mellencamp, with 1991’s “Whenever We Wanted.”

The singer/songwriter has scored more than 20 US Top 40 hits, including "Jack And Diane" and "Small Town" to "R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.," "Pink Houses" and "Jackie Brown."

Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young launched the annual Farm Aid benefit concerts in 1985; to date, the organization has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient American family farm system of agriculture.

Inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008, Mellencamp’s latest release is 2017’s “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies”, which peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard 200.

“Plain Spoken: From The Chicago Theater”, a new documentary capturing the singer in a fall 2016 concert in support of his 2014 set, “Plain Spoken”, is now available for streaming via Netflix.

See also:

VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
John Mellencamp to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken concert special comes to Netflix
VIDEO: John Mellencamp performs on Late Night with Seth Meyers
Search John Mellencamp at hennemusic