The Tiki Bar is Open

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

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

Hard Promises

The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you get one more yard
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part …

The Waiting, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers release Hard Promises on May 5, 1981.

This is the album that TP got into it with his record label. MCA wanted to list the album under their “superstar pricing” which was $1 more than normal. TP said “no .. that’s not fair to our fans.”

The delay went on for months, the label threatened to sue, the music public rallied behind Petty and MCA finally relented. The fact that the album cover features TP in a record store was not lost on anyone, most of which, fans of The Heartbreakers.

The stuff of legends.

Source: The waiting is the hardest part … – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up