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John Cougar – Jack & Diane (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 9th, 2012


“Jack & Diane” is a 1982 hit song written and performed by American singer-songwriter, John Mellencamp, then performing as “John Cougar.” It appears on Mellencamp’s album American Fool. It was chosen by RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. The single spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982, and, to date, is the biggest hit single ever for Mellencamp.

According to Mellencamp, “Jack & Diane” was written about a relationship he had with a girl that lived near his hometown of Seymour, Indiana named Diane. He said: “‘Jack & Diane’ was a terrible record to make. When I play it on guitar by myself, it sounds great; but I could never get the band to play along with me. That’s why the arrangement’s so weird. Stopping and starting, it’s not very musical.” Mellencamp has also stated that the clapping wasn’t supposed to be included in the finished song. It was recorded with the clapping in order to help keep tempo and then it was to be removed. However, he realized the song didn’t work without it.

Jack & Diane (Long) 4:16

Jack & Diane (Short) 3:45

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (generic)


Year Single Chart Position
1982 Jack & Diane U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1982 Jack & Diane U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #3


Label: Riva Recordss – MK 209
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1982
Genre: Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Credits: Producer – Don GehmanJohn Cougar Mellencamp
Written-By – John Cougar Mellencamp


Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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8 Responses to “John Cougar – Jack & Diane (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Thanks a lot Paul! Looks very interesting. Let’s hear the music 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring. Enjoy!


  2. giorgio-greece Says:

    thanx a lot dj!!!

    one of my favourite tracks of my youth!!!

    first time i listen to it from the radio station of an american base here in the island of crete-greece!
    it was in the show by Kc Kasem ,The American Top 40
    i was listening to him and i was writing down the tracks on a piece of paper just in case i was able to find them in the record stores here! (very difficult to happen!)

    at that time i was only 15!!!!

    thanx a lot dj,for bringing those memories back to me!!!!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Giorgio 🙂 That is a great story I grew up living on Air Force Bases because my dad was in the US Air Force. I also remember hearing this one on the radio. I think I was 12 or 13. Great times for music.


  3. ric Says:

    I used to get my music fix from Casey Kasem too.
    John Cougar was all the rage in 1982.
    A #1 album American Fool, and the first two singles both ended the year in the Top 10. This feat is truly remarkable and seldom achieved.
    Thanks Paul!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welme Mr. Ric 🙂


  4. Dale Says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I have been looking for the single version of this one forever! Hope you are feeling better. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome dale. I am feeling much better. Thanks 🙂


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