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John Fogerty Biography

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Birth Name: John Cameron Fogerty
Born: 1945/05/28
Birth Place: Berkeley, California, USA
Years Active: 1965–present
Genres: Roots Rock, Country Rock, Swamp Rock, Blues-rock, Southern Rock, Heartland Rock

John Cameron Fogerty was born on May 28, 1945 in Berkeley, California and is a rock singer and songwriter best known for his time with the band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty went on to have a successful solo career after Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Fogerty was compelled to play music from a young age and learned to play the guitar by the time he was a teenager. Inspired by artists such as Little Richard and Bo Diddley, Fogerty and his brother joined Doug Clifford and Stu Cook to form the band Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets in 1960. The group signed with Fantasy Records in 1965 and changed their name to The Golliwogs. The band were not successful at first, a name change came in the late 1960s to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the band began to have some success with their debut album, “Creedence Clearwater Revival,” and their hit singles, ”Susie Q” and ”Proud Mary.”

Despite the band's growing success, Fogerty wanted more recognition, and control, within the band as he was the main song writer, lead singer, and lead guitarist. Resentment began to build and tensions rose between band members. Tom quit the band in 1971 and things went from bad to worse with the release of the band's final album, “Mardi Gras” in 1972. The album was a commercial failure; both the fans and critics alike did not embrace the album, shortly thereafter the band disbanded. When Tom Fogerty got married in 1980, the band reunited to play at the wedding and for their 20th class reunion in 1983. John Fogerty continued on to pursue a solo career, and released his debut album in 1973. Fogerty's next album, “Hoodoo” emerged in 1976, but performed poorly. Fogerty took a hiatus for ten years, stating that he was unable to write during this period of his life but bounced back in 1985 with, “Centerfield,” which became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In 1986, Fogerty followed up with “Eye of the Zombie” and embarked on a tour. The album under performed as the material was much darker than Fogerty's previous works. In 1990 Tom Fogerty died of AIDS, which sent John into isolation and mourning for his brother, with whom he had always had a turbulent relationship. Creedence Clearwater Revival were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, however Fogerty refused to perform with his former band mates, with old wounds still running so deep. 1997 marked the release of “Blue Moon Swamp,” to warm reviews and earned Fogerty a Grammy Award for 'Best Rock Album' in 1997. 2004 saw Fogerty release “Deja Vu” with DreamWorks Records, and released “The Long Road Home,” a compilation album featuring his Creedence Clearwater Revival hits and his solo material.

Fogerty followed up the album release with a world-wide tour that lasted a few years. During this time Fogerty also collaborated with other artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, whose album “Last Man Standing” (2006) he features on. Fogerty released “Revival” in 2007, which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album of 2008. 2009 saw Fogerty release a sequel to his 1973 album, “The Blue Ridge Rangers,” called “The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again.” The album featured a duet with Bruce Springsteen, in addition to featuring Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit. 2011 saw Fogerty embark on a new album, and release the single “Swamp Water” in 2012.