and later played in the local bands Trash, Snakepit Banana Barn and the Mason Brothers.When Mellencamp was 18, he eloped with his pregnant girlfriend Priscilla Esterline.
Mellencamp attended Vincennes University, a two-year college in Vincennes, Indiana, starting in 1972.
During this time he used drugs and alcohol, stating in a 1986 Rolling Stone interview, "When I was high on pot, it affected me so drastically that when I was in college there were times when I wouldn't get off the couch.
Mellencamp became a father in December 1970, only six months after he graduated from high school.
His daughter, Michelle, later became a mother at age 19, making Mellencamp a grandfather at 37.
Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one.