1987 With Bob Dylan and George Harrison, John Fogerty is playing at the Palomino Club. a music venue in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
John Fogerty was the frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival, who had several Top 10 hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before he embarked on a solo career.
Born in 1945 in California, John Fogerty formed the band that would become Creedence Clearwater Revival at age 14. With Fogerty serving as lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, the group produced such hits as “Bad Moon Rising” and “Fortunate Son.” Embroiled in legal disputes after CCR dissolved, Fogerty nevertheless enjoyed solo success with his albums Centerfield (1985) and Blue Moon Swamp (1997).
John Cameron Fogerty was born on May 28, 1945, in Berkeley, California. One of five brothers, Fogerty developed his early musical capabilities on the family piano and received his first guitar at age 12. At 14, he formed a band called the Blue Velvets with two classmates, drummer Doug Clifford and bass player Stu Cook. Fogerty’s older brother Tom eventually joined the band as a rhythm guitarist and co-vocalist.
Renamed the Golliwogs after signing with Fantasy Records in 1964, the band scored a minor local hit with “Brown Eyed Girl” in 1965. Fogerty was drafted shortly afterward, and he later recalled the seemingly endless marching drills with the Army Reserve as a catalyst for all sorts of creative imagery. He rejoined his bandmates with a renewed focus on writing, and the group changed its name to Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967.
Upon the release of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968, the band enjoyed initial success with its covers of the 1950s hits “Suzie Q” and “I Put a Spell on You.” By the arrival of Bayou County in 1969, it was clear that CCR had found its comfort zone, with Fogerty’s powerhouse voice conjuring up images of Southern Americana amid a tight mix of blues, rockabilly and folk sounds. The album went platinum, with the single “Proud Mary” rocketing to No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
CCR put out two more platinum albums in 1969, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys, and continued its string of hits with such classics as “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River” and “Down on the Corner.” Along with his reflections on Southern sensibilities and childhood nostalgia, Fogerty became known for his powerful political tracks, most notably with the anti-Vietnam anthem “Fortunate Son.”
Considered by many to be the group’s artistic peak, Cosmo’s Factory (1970) featured such favorites as “Run Through the Jungle” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” However, discord over Fogerty’s tight control of creative and financial matters festered, and in 1970 Tom quit the band shortly after the release of Pendulum, which contained the Top 10 track “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” written about his imminent departure. The subsequent 1972 studio album, Mardi Gras, was poorly received, and CCR disbanded later that year.