The Tiki Bar is Open

John Hiatt (and The Goners) release The Tiki Bar is Open on September 11, 2001 …

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Born To Run

’cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run …

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band release Born To Run. Considered by many to be one of – if not the – greatest recordings ever. It’s #18 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and is listed in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry of historic recordings.

The Lonesome Jubilee 

Check it out — John Cougar Mellencamp releases his deepest and most successful album on August 24, 1987.

I always wondered about the guy on the cover with him. According to JM via his website, the photo was shot at the Midway Tavern in Elnora, Indiana. The photographer, Skeeter Hagler, was looking for a local working-class man for the shoot and the bartender suggested Woody Baker. Baker, a welder and metal fabricator, was brought in right from work. Before the shoot, Mellencamp asked Baker if he knew who he was and Baker replied “I don’t have a clue who you are.”

The Lonesome Jubilee became a Top Ten hit in 1987, sold millions of copies, and made Baker a local celebrity. He died in 2009 at the age of 94.

Scarecrow

Mellencamp releases his 8th studio album on August 19, 1985.

In his RRHOF exhibit you’ll see this quote:

With Scarecrow, I was finally starting to find my feet as a songwriter. Finally, for the first time, I realized what I thought I wanted to say in song. …I wanted it to be more akin to Tennessee Williams, John Steinbeck, Faulkner, as opposed to The Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan.”

John Mellencamp

You can see Mellencamp at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on September 21 …