This Day In Rock. Creedence Clearwater Revival
Born in Berkeley, California, Lead singer in The Blue Velvets (including his brother John) which released three obscure singles in 1961 and 1962. The band changed their name to The Golliwogs after getting a contract with Fantasy Records and released half-a-dozen singles in the mid-60s... By this time, John Fogerty was becoming increasingly prominent in the band, his songwriting taking over the lion's share in the band's material... When they started releasing material under the name of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968, John was firmly in control of their musical direction, as well as having become the lead singer.
Relegated as a guitar player and backing vocalist in Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Fogerty suffered from living in the shadow of his younger brother John. He was the first member to leave in early 1971, because of tensions with his brother and a wish for more freedom to sing and write his own material.
Fogerty signed with Fantasy Records and had a minor hit with his first single ‘Goodbye Media Man’ (part 1 and part 2), a bitter song about his brother (listen below). His first self-titled album (1972) was his only LP to chart.
Sharing blues, country and rock influences with his former bandmates, he released a handful of albums through the seventies. His most well-known release was the album Zephyr National, which had contributions from CCR's other members.
He continued to record in the 70s and 80s, teaming up with his band Ruby for a couple of albums, to littles sales or public acclaim and died in 1990 of AIDS, believed to have resulted from blood transfusions he received during operations for back trouble.