R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.

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R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. is a song by John Mellencamp. It was released in 1985 on the Scarecrow album — now considered a classic American rock album. The album’s lyrics were socially aware, with songs focusing on the plight of the American family farmer, small-town life, and the state of the nation. Shortly after finishing Scarecrow, Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid benefit concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young. The Farm Aid concerts remain an annually event, raising money for struggling family farmers.

Scarecrow was an enormous success, peaking at No. 2 in the fall of ’85 and spawning five Top 40 singles. “Lonely Ol’ Night,” “Small Town,” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” all became Top 10 hits, and “Rain On The Scarecrow” and “Rumble Seat” cracked the Top 40 and garnered considerable play on album-rock stations. Scarecrow was also the first album Mellencamp recorded at his own recording studio, located in Belmont, Indiana and finished in 1984. All of his subsequent recordings have been recorded there. Mellencamp debbed the studio the Belmont Mall, because Belmont is a tiny municipality that not only has no shopping mall, but features little more than a gas station.

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