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Jack and Diane Lyrics

jack and diane lyrics

A little ditty ’bout Jack & DianeTwo American kids growing up in the heart landJack, he’s gonna be a football starDiane’s debutante, back seat of Jacky’s car

Suckin’ on chilli dog outside the Tastee FreezDiane sitting on Jacky’s lapGot his hands between her kneesJack he says“Hey, Diane, let’s run off behind a shady treeDribble off those Bobby BrooksLet me do what I please”

Saying “Oh yeahLife goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”Saying “Oh yeahLife goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”They walk on

Jack he sits back, collects his thoughts for a momentScratches his head, and does his best James Dean“Well then, there, Diane, we ought to run off to the city”Diane says“Baby, you ain’t missing nothing”But Jack he says, yeah

“Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”“Oh yeah”He’s saying “Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”

Oh, let it rock, let it rollLet the bible belt come and save my soulHoldin’ on to sixteen as long as you canChange is coming ’round real soonMake us women and men

“Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”“Oh yeah”He’s saying “Life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone”

A little ditty ’bout Jack and DianeTwo American kids doin’ the best they can

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp was born in 1946 in rural Indiana. He grew up listening to his father play guitar and singing along. At age 13 he began playing music himself. In high school, he played bass in a band called The Cougars. After graduating from college in 1968, he moved to Chicago where he formed the band Cougar. They became popular in the 1970s, releasing albums such as Jack & Diane, Uh-huh, Scarecrow and Jellyfish in 1973. Their most successful album was 1975’s American Fool.

In 1976, Mellencamp signed with RCA Records. His debut solo album was 1979’s Small Town Talk. It included the hit single “Jack & Diane,” written by Bob Dylan. Mellencamp won Grammys for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and Album of the Year in 1980 for the song “Jack & Diane.” He went on to release eight more studio albums, including 1983’s Scarecrow.

Mellencamp continued touring throughout the 80s and 90s. He released three more albums during the 2000s: Trouble No More, Crazy Eyes and Scarecrow Revisited. In 2011, he announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He underwent treatment and returned to performing live later that year.

Early life

Mellencamp was born in 1951 in Seymour, Indiana, to parents John and Mary Ann Mellencamp. His father worked as a mechanic at General Motors and his mother was a homemaker. In 1952, the family moved to Indianapolis, where his father found work as a truck driver.

In 1954, John died suddenly of a heart attack while driving home from work. Mary Ann later remarried and took her son to live in California with her husband and stepson. There she met singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin, whom she married in 1960. She divorced him in 1962; the couple had no children.

In 1965, Mellencamp enrolled at Vincennes University, where he joined the school’s music program. While studying there, he began playing guitar and writing songs. He dropped out of university in 1968, however, and returned to Indiana, where he played in several bands.

Crepe Soul – Mellencamp’s first band, formed in 1967, included fellow future stars David Lindley and Kenny Edwards. They performed cover versions of rockabilly songs such as Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues”. After recording three singles, Mellencamp left the group in 1969.

The Honeys – A female vocal trio featuring Mellencamp’s ex-girlfriend Linda Ronstadt, Ginger Blake, and Susan Werner. The group recorded one single, “I Need You”, produced by Bob Montgomery of the Monkees fame.

The Rides – Another band, formed around 1970, that featured Mellencamp and bassist Jim Keltner. Their debut album, The Ride, was released in 1971.

Crosby, Stills & Nash – This American folk-rock quartet was formed in Los Angeles in May 1971 by Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Graham Nash. Mellencamp was asked to join the band, but declined, citing differences in musical tastes.

Music career

Mellencamp grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where he attended high school. He began playing guitar at age 14, and taught himself how to play bass guitar while attending college at Indiana University. While studying there, he formed the band Riva Laughlin & the Jackmormons. They played local clubs around Bloomington and Indianapolis and opened for several touring bands including the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers Band.

In 1977, Mellencamp joined the folk rock group Blue Highway, whose members included David Lindley and Don Henley. The band broke up in 1978; Mellencamp moved to New York City, where he worked as a bartender and busked on the streets. His friend and fellow musician Tom Petty heard him sing one day and invited him to join his band, Mudcrutch. Mellencamp left the band in 1979 to pursue a solo career.

After moving to Los Angeles, Mellencamp signed with Warner Bros. Records in 1981. There, he met producer Rick Rubin, who immediately became interested in the singer/songwriter. Rubin produced Mellencamp’s debut album,which was released in October 1982. The album sold over 500,000 copies in its first week and reached number four on the Billboard 200 chart.

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