||Born in Seymour,
||Member of band named
Priscilla (Cil) Esterline toward the end of his Senior year at
Seymour High School.
Seymour High School.
||John's first child
is born, (Michelle Mellencamp).
||Formed cover band
called "Trash." Moved to apartment in Vallonia.
Vincennes University. Worked for the Phone Company in Seymour.
John Mellencamp set out for New York City to make his dream a
||John's first tour.
Covered Southern Indiana with "Cougarettes" from
||John received his
first royalty check for $27.59 from "Chestnut Street Incident."
||John marries his
second wife, Victoria Granucci, at Richard & Marilyn's home
in Seymour, IN.
titled "Ain't that America" released. This highlights
John's music videos using scenery from and interviews with
residents in Jackson County such as family members, friends,
||It's back to Seymour
to film the movie "Falling from Grace."
||John purchased an
1851 brick home at 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour as a place for Jackson
County residents to exhibit and learn about the arts. It is
called the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts. John
generously leases it for $1.00 every two years! The Art Center
has established itself as a regional center for the fine,
performing, culinary, architectural, literary, and artisan
arts. It also hosts an exhibit of several of John Mellencamp's
||John marries model
Elaine Irwin on the grounds of his former log cabin in Jackson
Wheels" video in Seymour, in front of Rockford United
||John filmed the
video "Wild Night" at the Art Center in Seymour.
||John and wife Elaine
visit his fans in Seymour at the Second Mellenfest.
||Portions of filming
"Behind the Music" (The John Mellencamp story) with
VH-1 take place in Jackson County.
||John released "Trouble No More"
||John released "Words and Music - John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits"
||A parking meter and marble stone were installed on Chestnut Street in Seymour as a tribute to Mellencamp.
||John released "Freedom's Road"
||John Mellencamp elected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
||Jackson County Visitor Center releases "The Roots of an American Rocker: An Audio Driving Tour of John Mellencamp's Hometown."
||Received the John Steinbeck Award for excellence in songwriting and activism.