John Fogerty

Born John Cameron Fogerty in Berkley, California on May 28, 1945, he’s best known as the vocalist for swamp rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). CCR developed out of bands that Fogerty was in with his brother Tom — Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets, then The Golliwogs. Between 1968 and 1971, when Fogerty left the band, CCR recorded seven studio albums, the last being the 1972 release Mardi Gras.

Originally recorded by CCR on their 1969 album Bayou Country, Fogerty’s most famous composition, ‘Proud Mary’, reached #2 on the Billboard Singles charts that year. It was also a huge hit in the hands of Ike and Tina Turner just two years later, peaking at #4.

After leaving CCR, Fogerty embarked on a solo career with the 1973 album The Blue Ridge Rangers. On this album of covers, Fogerty played all the instruments as if in an attempt to sublimate his CCR persona under the guise of The Blue Ridge Rangers — the band that never existed. It wasn’t until 1985’s Centerfield that Fogerty’s solo career really caught fire. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart and included 3 Top Ten rock singles – ‘Centerfield’, ‘Rock and Roll Girls’, and the #1 single ‘The Old Man Down The Road’. Also from that album, ‘Big Train (From Memphis)’ charted at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles.

Fogerty’s most recent album, Déjà Vu All Over Again was released in 2004. The controversial title track was his protest against the Bush administration and their actions in Iraq. Mark plays lead guitar on the nostalgia-filled track ‘Nobody’s Here Anymore’, giving it a signature Knopfler/Dire Straits sound. Fogerty’s next album, called Revival, is due out in the fall of 2007.

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