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John Mellencamp - Chestnut Street Incident (1976)

John Mellencamp - Chestnut Street Incident (1976)

Tracklist front / back album covers

"American Dream" – 2:21

"Oh, Pretty Woman" (Bill Dees, Roy Orbison) – 2:54

"Jailhouse Rock" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) – 2:11

"Dream Killing Town" (Cougar, George M. Green) – 3:20

"Supergirl" (Aldo Legui, Bob Marcus) – 2:37

"Chestnut Street" – 3:18

"Good Girls" – 3:09

"Do You Believe in Magic?" (John Sebastian) – 2:38

"Twentieth Century Fox" (John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison) – 2:14

"Chestnut Street Revisited" – 5:22

"Sad Lady" (Cougar, George M. Green) – 3:26

"Hit the Road Jack" (Percy Mayfield)* [bonus] – 2:32

"I Need Somebody Baby" (Iggy Pop, James Williamson) [bonus] – 3:43

John Mellencamp Band Members / Musicians

John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar

Mike Boyer, Richard Kelly, Mick Ronson, Mike Wanchic – guitars

David Mansfield – steel guitar, mandolin, violin

Michael Kamen – keyboards

Tom Wince – keyboards, chimes

Kirk Butler – synthesizer, percussion, engineer

David Parman - bass, guitar, backing vocals

Wayne Hall – saxophone

Bill Bergman, Jerome Deupree, Hilly Michaels – drums

Tony Defries - producer

James J. C. Andrews - co-producer

Bruce Tergesen - engineer

Chestnut Street Incident is the debut studio album by John Mellencamp, then known as "Johnny Cougar," released in 1976.

Signing on with David Bowie's manager, Tony Defries, Mellencamp travelled to New York City to cut this first album. DeFries would also go on to produce the album as well. With the thinking that a name like "Mellencamp" wouldn't generate a lot of interest, DeFries changed Mellencamp's name to "Johnny Cougar." Mellencamp would later go on to say that he had no idea about the name change until he saw the final product and that nobody had ever called him "Johnny" before. It would take Mellencamp 15 years to have his full real name on an album, Whenever We Wanted, in 1991.

With five of the tracks covers from the '50s and '60s, only six are original songs by Mellencamp. The 1998 Original Masters rerelease added two bonus songs that were also covers. The album only sold 12,000 copies when it was originally released, which would lead to MCA's refusal to release his next album, The Kid Inside, and drop Mellencamp.

John J. Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, actor, and film director. He is known for his catchy brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation.

John Mellencamp Band Members / Musicians

Mike Wanchic – guitars, backing vocals (1976–present)

Andy York – guitars, backing vocals (1994–present)

Miriam Sturm – violin (1996–present)

Dane Clark – drums, backing vocals (1996–present)

John Gunnell – bass (1999–present)

Troye Kinnett – keyboards, accordion, backing vocals (2006–present)

Larry Crane – guitars, backing vocals (1976–1991)

Robert "Ferd" Frank – bass, backing vocals (1977–1981)

Tom Knowles – drums, backing vocals (1977–1979)

Eric Rosser – piano, keyboards (1979–1981)

Kenny Aronoff – drums (1980–1996)

Kenneth Lax backing vocals (1979-1982)

Pat Peterson – backing vocals (1981–2006)

Toby Myers – bass, backing vocals (1982–1999)

Lisa Germano – violin (1985–1994)

Crystal Taliefero – backing vocals (1985–1989)

John Cascella – keyboards, accordion (1984–1992)

David Grissom – guitars (1989, 1991–1993)

Michael Ramos – keyboards, accordion (2002–2005)

Courtney Kaiser-Sandler - backing vocals, percussion (2000-2005)

Moe Z M.D. – keyboards, organ, backing vocals (1996–2002)

John Mellencamp Discography Full

1976 Chestnut Street Incident

1978 A Biography

1979 John Cougar

1980 Nothin' Matters and What If It Did

1982 American Fool

1983 The Kid Inside

1983 Uh-Huh

1985 Scarecrow

1987 The Lonesome Jubilee

1989 Big Daddy

1991 Whenever We Wanted

1993 Human Wheels

1994 Dance Naked

1996 Mr. Happy Go Lucky

1998 John Mellencamp

1999 Rough Harvest

2001 Cuttin' Heads

2003 Trouble No More

2007 Freedom's Road

2008 Life, Death, Love and Freedom

2010 No Better Than This

2014 Plain Spoken

2017 Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

2022 Strictly a One-Eyed Jack

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