May 28: John Fogerty was born in 1945 – Happy 70th birthday!

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May 28: John Fogerty was born in 1945 – Happy 70th birthday!

But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.
~John Fogerty

Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
~John Fogerty

Bruce Springsteen Inducts Creedence Clearwater Revival into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993:

Who’ll Stop The Rain:

With his band, particularly drummer Doug Clifford, working at peak efficiency, Fogerty magisterially draws upon a broad knowledge of American music: The lyrics, the beat, the guitar line, the melody allude to folk songs, country tunes, old R&B hits, Stones-style rock and roll. Yet what draws you back is the grain of his voice, the things it contains and expresses but cannot speak. And this voice is as far from the assurance of Elvis or Aretha as you can get. Fogerty seems confident of only two things: his doubts and his powerlessness. Hooking his audience as firmly as he’s hooked himself, Fogerty makes his worries ours. The final chords ring out anthemically without resolving anything at all.
The idea that rock and roll is lighthearted good time music stops here, at the gateway to its heart of darkness.
~Dave Marsh (The Heart Of Rock & Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Every Made)


Birth name John Cameron Fogerty
Born May 28, 1945 (age 70)
Berkeley, California, United States
Genres Roots rock, country rock, blues rock, rock and roll, Americana
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, harmonica, pianokeyboards
Years active 1959–present.
Labels Verve Forecast, Fantasy, Asylum,Warner Bros., DreamWorks,Geffen
Associated acts Creedence Clearwater Revival,The Golliwogs

John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his time with the band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and as a solo recording artist. Fogerty was listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists (at number 40) and the list of 100 Greatest Singers (at number 72).


CCR at Royal Albert Hall,April 1970 (49min):


Album of the day:

ccr chronicle

..Chronicle, Vol. 1 contains every one of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original 19 hit singles — including “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Down on the Corner,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Up Around the Band,” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” — plus “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which became a hit at the same time this double-record compilation was released. It’s a lean, concise collection that tells you everything you need to know about Creedence. Several of the band’s individual albums are essential, but Chronicle is not only an excellent introduction to the group, it offers definitive proof that the group was one of the definitive singles’ bands of the late ’60s. Rarely has a greatest- hits collection been so well-assembled.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (

Track listing

All songs written and composed by J. C. Fogerty, except where noted.

No. Title Album Length
1. “Susie Q” (Dale Hawkins, Stan Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) 4:36
2. “I Put a Spell on You” (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) 4:30
3. “Proud Mary” Bayou Country (1969) 3:07
4. “Bad Moon Rising” Green River (1969) 2:18
5. “Lodi” Green River (1969) 3:09
6. “Green River” Green River (1969) 2:32
7. “Commotion” Green River (1969) 2:41
8. “Down on the Corner” Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) 2:43
9. “Fortunate Son” Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) 2:18
10. “Travelin’ Band” Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 2:07
11. “Who’ll Stop the Rain” Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 2:27
12. “Up Around the Bend” Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 2:41
13. “Run Through the Jungle” Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 3:05
14. “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 2:31
15. “Long As I Can See the Light” Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 3:32
16. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong (vinyl and cassette releases; CD version features the full 11:06 version)) Cosmo’s Factory (1970) 3:52
17. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Pendulum (1970) 2:38
18. “Hey Tonight” Pendulum (1970) 2:41
19. “Sweet Hitch-Hiker” Mardi Gras (1972) 2:55
20. “Someday Never Comes” Mardi Gras (1972) 3:59
Total length:




-Egil & Hallgeir

3 thoughts on “May 28: John Fogerty was born in 1945 – Happy 70th birthday!”

  1. As a 14 year old in 1970, I heard CCR’s “Up around the Bend” for the first time on the radio and I’ve never been the same since. Great song, great band, great performance, great singer. Thanks John for opening up a world of sound that I never knew existed–and I never get tired of.

  2. After Bob and Elvis, he’s my other favorite singer and still one of the most underrated Rock and rollers. Just give a listen to “Porterville”.

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