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American John MELLENCAMP


American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor

Source :  Jean-Yves BAXTERTim DOWLING

Born: on October 07, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, United States  (66 years)


Mellencamp is of German ancestry. He was born with spina bifida, for which he had corrective surgery as an infant. Mellencamp was unaware of the surgery as well as the life-threatening condition of his infancy until at the age of 12, when a classmate asked him about the scar on the back of his neck. Only then did his parents tell him about his birth defect and that doctors had told his parents they did not expect him to survive. Mellencamp's parents, who had originally planned to name him "Slate", decided instead to name him "John" after his great-great grandfather, thereby ensuring family lineage after he died.

Mellencamp grew up in Seymour, Indiana in a small home, of a style built for returning World War II veterans. With his two brothers, he lived in the home’s basement, sleeping in the middle of a triple bunk bed. At the age of 12 his family moved to a larger house, several miles north of Seymour. His father, a regional vice president for an electrical company and his mother, an artist, kept their three boys busy working around the house, leaving him little time to pursue his musical interests.

Mellencamp formed his first band, Crepe Soul, at the age of 14 and later played in the local bands Trash, Snakepit Banana Barn and the Mason Brothers.

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