John Fogerty (Rock Singer) – Overview, Biography

Name:John Fogerty
Occupation: Rock Singer
Height:180 cm (5′ 11”)
Birth Day: May 28,
Age: 75
Birth Place: Berkeley,
United States
Zodiac Sign:Gemini

John Fogerty

John Fogerty was born on May 28, 1945 in Berkeley, United States (75 years old). John Fogerty is a Rock Singer, zodiac sign: Gemini. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: $70 Million.


He is listed on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists and 100 Greatest Singers.

Net Worth 2020

$70 Million
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Before Fame

He took guitar lessons from Barry Olivier. One of his first bands was called The Blue Velvets.


Biography Timeline


While in junior high school in 1959, Fogerty formed a cover band with bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford called the Blue Velvets. The band was inspired by rock and roll pioneers, especially Little Richard and Bo Diddley. Later, Fogerty’s brother Tom joined the group. In 1964, the band signed with Fantasy Records, which without the band’s knowledge or approval, changed the band’s name from the Blue Velvets to The Golliwogs. This group recorded seven singles that were not commercially successful.


Fogerty married Martha Paiz in 1965 and had three children. They divorced in the 1970s.


Fogerty received his draft notice for military service during the Vietnam War in 1966. The same day he received the notice, he went to a local United States Army Reserve recruiter, who signed him up immediately for training as a supply clerk. Fogerty believes the recruiter dated the paperwork to take effect before the draft letter arrived. During his time in the Army Reserve, Fogerty attended training at Fort Bragg, Fort Knox, and Fort Lee. He completed his active duty for training in July 1967, then served as a part-time reservist until being discharged in 1968.


After Fogerty’s military service, the Golliwogs resumed playing, releasing an album in late 1967. In 1968, they changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival, with John Fogerty taking his brother’s place as lead singer. The band released their eponymous debut album and also had their first hit single, “Susie Q”. Many other hit singles and albums followed, beginning with “Proud Mary” and the album Bayou Country.


Fogerty, as writer of the songs for the band as well as lead singer and lead guitarist, felt that his musical opinions should count for more than those of the others, leading to resentments within the band. These internal rifts, and Tom’s feeling that he was being taken for granted, caused Tom to leave the group in January 1971. The two other group members, bassist Cook and drummer Clifford, wanted a greater role in the band’s future. Fogerty, in an attempt to keep things together, insisted Cook and Clifford share equal songwriting and vocal time on what became the band’s final album, Mardi Gras, released in April 1972, which included the band’s last two singles, the 1971 hit “Sweet Hitch-Hiker”, and “Someday Never Comes”, which made it into the Billboard Top 20.


The eponymous The Blue Ridge Rangers was released in 1973; it spun off the top-20 hit “Jambalaya”, as well as a lesser hit in “Hearts Of Stone”. Fogerty, still using “The Blue Ridge Rangers” name, then released a self-penned rock-and-roll single: “You Don’t Owe Me” b/w “Back in the Hills” (Fantasy F-710). It was a commercial flop, failing to make the Hot 100 in the U.S., though “You Don’t Owe Me” was a minor hit in Canada, reaching number 79. Fogerty thereafter abandoned the “Blue Ridge Rangers” identity, and released all his subsequent work under his own name. In early 1974, Fogerty released “Comin’ Down The Road”—backed with the instrumental “Ricochet”.


His first official solo album, John Fogerty, was released in 1975. Sales were slim and legal problems delayed a follow-up, though it yielded “Rockin’ All Over the World”, a number-27 hit for Fogerty in the United States. In 1977, British boogie rockers Status Quo recorded their version of “Rockin’ All Over the World”, which became a huge hit and made the song world-famous. Status Quo played it at the opening of the 1985 Live Aid concert.


In 1976, Fogerty finished an album called Hoodoo. A single, “You Got The Magic” backed with “Evil Thing”, preceded the album’s release, but it performed poorly. The album, for which covers had already been printed, was rejected by Asylum Records a few weeks before its scheduled release, and Fogerty agreed that it was not up to his usual high standards. Fogerty told Asylum Records to destroy the master tapes for Hoodoo sometime in the 1980s.


The only reunion of all four original members was at Tom Fogerty’s wedding in 1980. Fogerty, Clifford, and Cook played a 45-minute set at their 20th El Cerrito high school class reunion in 1983, and Fogerty and Clifford were reunited again for a brief set at their 25th class reunion.


On May 31, 1985, Fogerty filmed a one-hour music and interview special for Showtime called John Fogerty’s All-Stars. The setlist consisted of rhythm and blues tunes from the 1960s, as well as material from the Centerfield LP and the song “No Love in You” written by Michael Anderson, which Fogerty found on the Textones’ debut album Midnight Mission and he later recorded with Textones’ band leader Carla Olson. John Fogerty’s All-Stars was recorded in front of an audience of Warners Bros. Music employees and other invited guests at A&M Records on La Brea in Hollywood. The band included Albert Lee, Booker T. Jones, Duck Dunn, Steve Douglas, and Prairie Prince.


The follow-up album to Centerfield was Eye of the Zombie in 1986, but it was significantly less successful than its predecessor. Fogerty toured behind the album, but he refused to play any CCR material. Eye of the Zombie took on a darker mood, talking about a troubled society, terrorism, and pop stars selling out. For over 20 years after the Eye of the Zombie tour ended in late 1986, Fogerty refused to play material from the album in concert. However, “Change in the Weather” was included in the setlist for his 2009 tour, and it was even re-recorded for that year’s solo release, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again.

Fogerty met Julie Kramer in 1986 while on tour in Indianapolis, Indiana. They married in Elkhart, Indiana, on April 20, 1991, and had two sons (Shane and Tyler) and a daughter (Kelsy). Kramer had a daughter from a previous marriage. As of 2009, John and Julie live in Thousand Oaks, California.


Fogerty played CCR material again at a concert in Washington, DC, for Vietnam veterans that took place on July 4, 1987. The show was aired on HBO. Aside from a guest appearance at the Palomino and performance at the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, this was the first time Fogerty had performed any Creedence Clearwater Revival songs for a large audience since 1972. On May 27, 1989, he played a set of CCR material at Oakland Coliseum for the Concert Against AIDS. His backing band that night consisted of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir on guitars, Randy Jackson on bass, and Steve Jordan on drums.


In 1990, Tom Fogerty died of complications from AIDS at the age of 48, specifically from a tuberculosis infection, having contracted HIV from blood transfusions during surgery for a back ailment. John Fogerty has mentioned that the darkest moments in his life were when his brother took the record company’s side in their royalties dispute, and the fact that when his brother died, the two of them were not speaking to each other. In the eulogy he delivered at Tom’s funeral, he said: “We wanted to grow up and be musicians. I guess we achieved half of that, becoming rock ‘n roll stars. We didn’t necessarily grow up.”

Fogerty traveled to Mississippi in 1990 for inspiration, and visited the gravesite of blues legend Robert Johnson. According to him, while there, he had the realization that Robert Johnson was the true spiritual owner of his own songs, no matter what businessman owned the rights to them, thus Fogerty decided to start making a new album and to perform his old CCR material regularly in concert. At this time, visiting the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Fogerty met Skip Henderson, a New Jersey vintage guitar dealer who had formed a nonprofit corporation, the Mt. Zion Memorial Fund, to honor Johnson with a memorial marker. Fogerty subsequently funded headstones for Charlie Patton, James Son Thomas, Mississippi Joe Callicott, Eugene Powell, and Lonnie Pitchford, and helped with financial arrangements for numerous others.


Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Fogerty refused to perform with his former bandmates and fellow inductees Stu Cook and Doug Clifford during the musical portion of the induction ceremony. In place of the surviving members of CCR, Fogerty recruited session musicians on drums and bass and was also joined by Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson in performing three songs: “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, “Born on the Bayou”, and “Green River”. During the induction speech, Springsteen said, “As a songwriter, only a few did as much in three minutes [as John Fogerty]. He was an Old Testament, shaggy-haired prophet, a fatalist. Funny, too. He was severe, he was precise, he said what he had to say and he got out of there.”


Fogerty returned to the commercial music industry in 1997 with Blue Moon Swamp. The layoff between Zombie and Swamp had been longer than his mid-1970s to mid-1980s break. The album was much more successful than Zombie and won the Grammy for best rock album in 1997. A live album, named Premonition, of the equally successful Blue Moon Swamp tour, was released to similar acclaim and good sales in 1998. A track from Blue Moon Swamp titled “Blue Moon Nights,” was used in the 2002 film The Rookie.


On October 1, 1998, Fogerty was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.


In 2004, Fogerty released Deja Vu All Over Again through DreamWorks Records, which had taken over distribution of Fogerty’s Warner catalog. Rolling Stone wrote: “The title track is Fogerty’s indictment of the Iraq War as another Vietnam, a senseless squandering of American lives and power”. On the album, Fogerty squeezed 10 songs into only 34 minutes.

The sale of Fantasy Records to Concord Records in 2004 ended the 30-year estrangement between Fogerty and his former label, as the new owners took steps to restore royalty rights Fogerty had given up to be released from his contract with Fantasy in the mid-1970s. In September 2005, Fogerty returned to Fantasy Records, made possible when DreamWorks Records’ noncountry-music unit was absorbed by Geffen Records, which dropped Fogerty, but continued to distribute his earlier solo albums. The first album released under the new Fantasy contract was The Long Road Home (November 2005), a compilation CD combining his CCR hits with solo material. A live CD and concert DVD were released the following year.

Fogerty’s touring schedule increased in the period after Deja Vu All Over Again. In October 2004, Fogerty appeared on the Vote for Change tour, playing seven of the concerts in U.S. swing states. He also appeared in a Christmas special video produced by the Australian children’s group The Wiggles. Fogerty toured with John Mellencamp in the summer of 2005 and with Willie Nelson in the summer of 2006. On June 29, 2006, he played his first headlining British concert since 1972, at the Hammersmith Apollo theater in London, as part of the European leg of the tour. During that leg, he also performed in Sundsvall, Sweden, where 25,000 people came to see him perform at the town square. On Thanksgiving Day of 2006, Fogerty performed at halftime at the Miami Dolphins/Detroit Lions game and at the Denver Broncos/Kansas City Chiefs halftime later that evening.


Fogerty was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.


On June 23, 2007, Fogerty appeared at Glastonbury Festival, playing an hour-long set of 17 songs, mainly CCR classics. Introducing “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, Fogerty said he did not perform it at Woodstock as rumoured, but wrote the song inspired by the event.


On February 10, 2008, Fogerty appeared with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard on the Grammy Awards show. Along with these rock icons and his regular touring band, he played his 1973 single “Comin’ Down The Road”, leading into Lewis and Richard’s performances of “Great Balls of Fire” and “Good Golly Miss Molly”, respectively.

On March 16, 2008, Fogerty kicked off an Australian tour. On March 22 in Point Nepean, Australia, surprise guest Keith Urban joined Fogerty on stage, performing two songs: “Broken Down Cowboy”, off Fogerty’s newest album Revival, and “Cotton Fields”, from CCR’s album Willy & the Poor Boys.

On June 24, 2008, Fogerty made a return to the Royal Albert Hall, a venue he last played with CCR in 1971. It was the last concert on his 2008 European tour. This concert was filmed (causing staging problems that annoyed some fans) and was released in 2009.


On April 16, 2009, Fogerty performed his hit “Centerfield” from center field of the new Yankee Stadium, at its opening-day festivities.

On August 31, 2009, Fogerty released The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, a sequel 1973 solo debut The Blue Ridge Rangers. The album includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen on the 1960 Everly Brothers classic “When Will I Be Loved?”. In addition, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of Eagles sang with Fogerty on a cover of Ricky Nelson’s 1972 classic “Garden Party”. The album was the first issued on Fogerty’s own label Fortunate Son Records, which is distributed by the Verve Forecast Records unit of Universal Music Group and also handles the Fogerty/CCR Fantasy catalogue.

On October 29, 2009, Fogerty appeared at Madison Square Garden for the first night of the celebratory 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts. Bruce Springsteen, with the E Street Band, called Fogerty out to play three songs with them. “Fortunate Son” was their first song, followed by “Proud Mary”, and finally the duo tried their take on Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”. The show aired as a four-hour special on HBO on November 29, 2009.

On November 3, 2009, Fogerty released the Royal Albert Hall DVD entitled Comin’ Down The Road, named after his 1973 single, which he performed at this concert. Fogerty was also nominated for a Grammy Award at the 2010 Grammys. He was nominated for the Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance Grammy for the song “Change in the Weather”, which he recorded for The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again.


For his songwriting achievements, Fogerty was honored as a Broadcast Music Incorporated Icon at the 58th annual BMI Pop Awards on May 18, 2010. BMI Icons are selected because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.”


Fogerty began recording Wrote a Song for Everyone in 2011, which was released on Vanguard Records on May 28, 2013, his 68th birthday. The album is a collection of classics and tracks from his canon of hits performed with other artists. The album includes two new Fogerty-penned songs. On November 17, 2011 Fogerty performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. On November 17 and 18, Fogerty performed two CCR albums, Cosmo’s Factory and Green River, respectively, in their entirety at the Beacon Theater in New York City (he also played Cosmo’s Factory in Atlantic City on November 20). He was also featured on the CBS coverage of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, performing several prerecorded songs.


In January 2012, Fogerty’s new song “Swamp Water” debuted over the opening credits of the new Fox TV series The Finder. Fogerty wrote the song for the show and guest-starred in its debut episode. On November 12, 2012, Fogerty announced that he was writing his memoirs, and that the book was expected to be released in 2015.


During the 2014 Veterans Days celebration, “Salute to the Troops” at the White House, Fogerty performed for many veterans.


On February 21, 2015, he was a featured artist for the National Hockey League stadium series game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

In October 2015, Fogerty published his autobiography, Fortunate Son (Little, Brown & Co.).


In September 2017, Fogerty signed a new recording contract with BMG Rights Management, which will cover an upcoming album and his solo catalogue.


On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed John Fogerty among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

In November 2019, Fogerty appeared on Public Broadcasting Station pledge week with “John Fogerty: My 50 Year Trip”, a taped performance from Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado. His most recent performance was at the Winstar in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on December 31, 2019. The remaining performances of his current tour “My 50 Year Trip” have been postponed due to the pandemic.


In April 2020, Fogerty performed remotely on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Together with his sons John and Tyler, along with his daughter Kelsy, he performed Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.

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Currently, John Fogerty is 76 years, 11 months and 18 days old. John Fogerty will celebrate 77th birthday on a Saturday 28th of May 2022.

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