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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 Top 40 hit in the U.S. after having been a No. 1 hit in Australia in 1978 when it was released as a single from A Biography. "Miami" was also a hit single in Australia and became his second Top 40 hit in that country. "I Need a Lover" was subsequently covered by Pat Benatar on her album In the Heat of the Night. In the U.S., however, "Small Paradise" was released as a single in place of "Miami," but it was not very successful, peaking at #87 on the Billboard Hot 100. During concerts to promote the album, guitarist Mike Wanchic would trade lead vocals with Mellencamp on "Miami."

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