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  • John Cougar is the third album released by John Mellencamp and the first under the name "John Cougar". Released in 1979, following the Australian success of "I Need a Lover" from the previous year's A Biography, the album included the aforementioned track for U.S. audiences, as well as a re-working of A Biography's "Taxi Dancer." "I Need a Lover", upon the release of this album, became a hit in the US as well as in Australia, where "Miami" was the album's first single and became his second Top 40 hit. "I Need a Lover" was subsequently covered by Pat Benatar on her album In the Heat of the Night. In the US, however, "Small Paradise" was released as a single in place of "Miami," but was not very successful. During concerts to promote the album, guitarist Mike Wanchic would trade lead vocals with Mellencamp on "Miami". Wikipedia

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