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Released: May 9, 1989

Rating: 3.478 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: heartland rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Big Daddy of Them All
  2. To Live
  3. Martha Say
  4. Theo and Weird Henry
  5. Jackie Brown
  6. Pop Singer
  7. Void in My Heart
  8. Mansions in Heaven
  9. Sometimes a Great Notion
  10. Country Gentleman
  11. J.M.’s Question
  12. Let It All Hang Out


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 7
peak on U.K. album chart 25

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Pop Singer (4/29/89) #15 US, #2 AR
  • Martha Say (5/20/89) #8 AR
  • Let It All Hang Out (6/3/89) #42 AR
  • Jackie Brown (7/8/89) #48 US, #20 AR, #31 AC

Big Daddy
John Mellencamp
“Continuing with the folk inclinations of The Lonesome Jubilee, John Mellencamp recorded his most ambitious and serious-minded album with Big Daddy, Mellencamp produced the record himself, giving the album a concise and stripped-down sound, which help give his songs the appearance of being gritty statements of truth. Unfortunately, Mellencamp isn’t saying nearly as much as he believes he is, since his lyrics tend to be clichéd and half-baked, making much of the album feel pompous and self-serving. This is only reinforced by the lack of rockers on Big Daddy, since he saves the most carefree moment – a ripping cover of the Hombres’ Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – for an unlisted bonus track. Still, when he does hit his target, like on the gentle Jackie Brown, the stuttering, fiddle-driven Sometimes a Great Notion, and even the self-pitying Pop Singer, Mellencamp proves that his talents haven’t abandoned him” (Erlewine).

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previous album: The Lonesome Jubilee (1987) next album: Whenever We Wanted (1991)

Last updated January 20, 2009.