Mr. Happy Go Lucky is a rock album released by Americansinger-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp on September 10, 1996. It was his first album released after his heart attack in 1994. Mellencamp's music on the album is said to reflect his brush with death. This album was recorded in Belmont, Indiana, in Mellencamp's Belmont Mall recording studio. The first single from the album, "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)," peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is his last Top 40 single in the United States to date.
AllMusic gave a mixed review claiming, "John Mellencamp responded to his massive heart attack and close-call with death with Mr. Happy Go Lucky, the most overtly ambitious album in his career." Entertainment Weekly also gave a mixed review, proclaiming "Mr. Happy Go Lucky is, disappointingly, not the groundbreaker it promised to be."
After being released into stores nationwide, retail giant Wal-Mart found the depiction of the Devil and Jesus on the cover to be offensive and additionally stating it looked like the baby in the photo was dead. Mellencamp stated the baby was his son, Hud and was only sleeping, but he wasn't upset at changing it since he didn't design or decide on the cover, and since the music wasn't required to be changed. The newer versions of the cover art have the Devil and Jesus removed.