Mellencamp honoured for writing prowess

US star John Mellencamp today landed the prestigious title of Classic Songwriter at the 2008 Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka.

The artist formerly known as Johnny Cougar – who celebrates his 57th birthday tomorrow (Tuesday) – is best known for his top 30 hit Jack And Diane and has scored a string of US hits over a 30-year period. They include the huge single Hurts So Good.

Collecting his award, Mellencamp told guests: “I wrote that song 30 years ago that Jack and Diane song and people are still playing it. The whole thing about being a songwriter is to show some humility when you are writing a song you want something that goes into people’s hearts … I’m still hoping to write that song.”

Last year the title was won by Billy Bragg.

Posted by Anthony Barnes at 1:46 PM | 06/10/2008 | 0 Comments
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