John Fogerty is a living legend and one of the greatest American songwriters of all-time. Fogerty’s music career began in the late 1950s but he didn’t rise to worldwide stardom until the sixties when he fronted the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty went solo in 1973 but continued his practice of writing meaningful and impactful songs.
Fogerty is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine ranks him as the 40th greatest guitarist of all-time and the 72nd greatest singer of all-time. Fogerty plays a raw brand of roots rock that’s greatly influenced by country and the blues.
“Proud Mary” *
“Born on the Bayou” *
“Green River” *
“Down on the Corner” *
“Fortunate Son” *
"Run Through the Jungle" *
"Lookin' Out My Back Door" *
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" *
“Rockin’ All Over The World”
"The Old Man Down the Road"
* With Creedence Clearwater Revival
John Fogerty and his older brother Tom formed a band in the late 1950s called Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets. They later changed to The Golliwogs. Under that name they released a couple singles that failed to garner much attention.
In 1967, after Fogerty was discharged from the army, the band changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was also around this time that Fogerty traded places with his brother and became the band’s front man.
Creedence Clearwater Revival saw their first album drop in 1968 and disbanded in 1972. During that time they released seven studio albums. The band broke up in large part because Fogerty was difficult to worth with.
Besides Tom Fogerty’s wedding, CCR never reunited. When they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty refused to play with his former bandmates.
In 1990, Tom Fogerty died of AIDS. Later in the same year, a grieving John visited the gravesite of Robert Johnson. These two events inspired John Fogerty to start playing CCR songs in concerts. Apart from a few special concerts, Fogerty refused to play selections from his old Creedence Clearwater Revival days.
In 1985, Fogerty released the album Centerfield which included the track “Zanz Kant Danz.” The song was about a pig that couldn’t dance but will steal your money. “Zanz” is a reference to Saul Zaentz, former boss of Fantasy Records, the company that screwed Fogerty out of millions of dollars of royalties. Zaentz sued and Fogerty changed the name of the song to “Vanz Kant Danz.”
The same company that Saul Zaentz owned also sued Fogerty for plagiarism. The company claims Fogerty’s “The Old Man Down The Road” ripped off “Run Through the Jungle,” a song from his CCR days. Fogerty not only proved they were different songs but countersued for lawyer fees. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.