John Mellencamp Wiki, Age, Bio, Height, Wife, Career, and Net Worth 

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp is a well-known singer-songwriter and musician who is most known for selling more than 40 million records worldwide.

Wiki, Bio, Family, Siblings, Childhood & Education

John Mellencamp was born with spina bifida and underwent corrective surgery as a child. He is primarily of German descent.

From 1972 to 1974, he attended Vincennes University, a two-year college in Vincennes, Indiana. When he was 14, he started his first band, Crepe Soul, and later performed in local bands such as Snakepit Banana Barn, Trash, and the Mason Brothers.

John Mellencamp’s Age, Height, Weight, and Body Dimensions

John Mellencamp was born on October 7, 1951, and will be 70 years old on July 13, 2022. His height is 1.72 meters and his weight is 68 kilograms.

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp


John Mellencamp’s Profession & Career

He began his career by traveling for 18 months from Indiana to New York City in 1974 and 1975. During that time, he finally found someone who was open to his music and persona in Tony DeFries of MainMan Management.

It is known that DeFries claimed that Mellencamp’s first album, Chestnut Street Incident, recognized as a collection of covers as well as a few original songs, was published under his stage name, i.e., Johnny Cougar, since the gruff German name, i.e., “Mellencamp,” was difficult to market.

In 1977, this vocalist recorded The Kid Inside as a follow-up to Chestnut Street Incident. However, DeFries finally opted not to release the album, and this singer was dropped by MCA Records.

After parting ways with DeFries, Mellencamp piqued the interest of Rod Stewart’s manager, Billy Gaff, and was signed to the Riva Records label.

Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did, produced by Steve Cropper, were released in 1980 and resulted in two Top 40 singles, “This Time” (No. 27) and “Ain’t Even Done With the Night” (No. 17).

Achievements and Awards

Johnny Cash has dubbed John Mellencamp “one of the ten best songwriters of all time.”

At the 25th Grammy Awards, this singer’s track “Hurts So Good” seemed to win the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Furthermore, he holds a Grammy Award (Best Male Rock Performer for “Hurts So Good” in 1983) and has been nominated for 12 more.

John Mellencamp’s Wife, Marriage & Relationship

He escaped when he was 18 years old with his pregnant lover, Priscilla Esterline. Later, in late 1970, he became a father of a girl kid, six months after graduating from high school.

Michelle, his daughter, became a mother when she was 19 years old, making Mellencamp a grandfather at the age of 37.

John Mellencamp’s Salary and Net Worth

John Mellencamp’s net worth is projected to be $30 million as of July 2022. He made the most of his income as a singer-songwriter and musician.

His revenues grew following the release of his first record, Chestnut Street Incident, under the name Johnny Cougar. He has sold over 40 million records worldwide and had 22 Top 40 songs in the United States.

Quick Facts

Celebrated NameJohn Mellencamp
Real NameJohn J. Mellencamp
Age70 years old
Birth Date7 October 1951
Birth PlaceSeymour, Indiana, United States
Height1.72 m
Weight68 kg
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusDivorced
WifeElaine Irwin (m. 1992–2011), Victoria Granucci (m. 1981–1989), Priscilla Esterline (m. 1970–1981)
ChildrenYes (Teddi Jo Mellencamp, Justice Mellencamp, Speck Mellencamp, Michelle Mellencamp, Hud Mellencamp)
ProfessionMusician, Singer-Songwriter, Painter, and Actor
Net Worth$30 million