This Day In Music 28.05.2016
John Fogerty fortunate son of R&R turns 71 today! Happy Birthday!!
Fogerty was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up in El Cerrito, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area He is the younger brother of guitarist Tom Fogerty.
John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, songwriter, an guitarist, best known for his time with the swamp rock/roots rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and as a solo recording artist. Fogerty has a rare distinction of being named on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists at No. 40 and the list of 100 Greatest Singers at No. 72. The songs "Proud Mary" and "Born on the Bayou" also rank amongst the Greatest Pop songs ("Proud Mary," #41) and Guitar songs ("Born on the Bayou," #53).
Fogerty was born in Berkeley, California, and is the younger brother of the late Tom Fogerty. He attended El Cerrito High School along with the other members of CCR and took guitar lessons from Berkeley Folk Festival creator/producer Barry Olivier. Inspired by rock and roll pioneers, especially Little Richard and Bo Diddley, John and his brother Tom Fogerty joine Doug Clifford and Stu Cook in the late 1950s to form the band Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets in El Cerrito, California.
By 1968, things started to pick up for the band. The band released its first album, the self-titled Creedence Clearwater Revival, and also had their first hit single, "Susie Q". Many other hit singles and albums followed beginning with "Proud Mary" and the parent album Bayou Country.
John Fogerty, as writer of the songs for the band (as well as lead singer and lead guitarist), felt that his musical opinions should count for more than those of the others, leading to resentments within the band. These internal rifts, and Tom's feeling that he was being taken for granted, caused Tom to leave the group in January 1971. The two other group members, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, wanted a greater role in the band's future. Fogerty, in an attempt to keep things together, insisted Cook and Clifford share equal songwriting and vocal time on what would become the band's final album, Mardi Gras, released in April 1972, which included the band's last two singles, the 1971 hit "Sweet Hitch-Hiker", and "Someday Never Comes", which barely made it into the Billboard Top 20. Cook and Clifford told Fogerty that the fans would not accept "Mardi Gras" as a CCR LP, but he said, "My voice is a unique instrument, and I will not lend it to your songs." He gave them an ultimatum: either they would do it or he would quit immediately. They accepted his ultimatum, but the album received poor reviews. It was a commercial success, however, peaking at #12 and achieving gold record status. It generated weaker sales than their previous albums. The group disbanded shortly afterwards.
Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.
Fogerty returned to the commercial music industry in 1997 with Bue Moon Swamp. he layoff between Zombie and Swamp had been longer than his mid-1970s to mid-1980s break. The album was much more successful than Zombie and won the Gtammy for best rock album in 1997. A live album, named Premonition, of the equally successful Blue Moon Swamp tour was released to similar acclaim and good sales in 1998.
On October 1, 1998, Fogerty was honored with a star on the Holliwood Walk Of Fame. His star is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
In 2004, Fogerty released Deja Vu All Over Again . His new record contract was with Dream Works Records, which had taken over distribution of Fogerty's Warner Bros. Catalog. Rolling Stone wrote: "The title track is Fogerty's indictment of the Iraq war as another, Vietnam a senseless squandering of American lives and power". On the album, Fogerty squeezed 10 songs into only 34 minutes.
To this day, John Fogerty remains a genuinely great artist-one of the defining songwriters of our time. 1997's warmly rootsy, Grammy Award-winning Blue Moon Swamp suggested it. And the vital Deja Vu All Over Again proves it beyond any reasonable doubt.