Artist of the Week : John Mellencamp
February 6, 2017
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John J. Mellencamp is an American musician, singer songwriter, and actor. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. 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, and has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one. Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois, to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008.