For those of you too young to remember, Fogerty was the founder of the 1960s band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. One of the most successful band of its time, and also one of my favorites.
While reading Schneider’s post, I hadn’t realized (or maybe was just too young) to recognize the turmoil among the band members. The review intrigued me, and I picked up the book (which is saying something about the strength of the Schneider’s account because I don’t often read biographies).
Fortunate Son… reminded me not only what a great group of musicians Fogerty, his brother, Tom, and Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford were, but of the awesome, prolific poet and storyteller the band had in John who served as chief songwriter. This being 2015, I clicked on Google and found oodles of CCR hits on YouTube. As I listened to the words of the songs, and since he’s put his memoirs in print, I have one question for Mr. Fogerty, “Have you ever considered writing a novel?”
Listed below are my favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs. I’ve provided YouTube links for your listening pleasure. I enjoyed hearing these songs with a more mature prospective, and absorbing the stories they told, from the political to the whimsical.
Have You Ever Seen the Rain (words and music by John Fogerty)
Proud Mary (words and music by John Fogerty)
Lookin’ Out My Back Door (words and music by John Fogerty)
Down On The Corner (words and music by John Fogerty)
Interested in checking out Fortunate Son: My Life and Music, I’ve included some online links.
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Barnes & Noble Buy Link:
Books-A-Million Buy Link:
Are you a fan of the band? Have a favorite CCR song? Please feel free to share your thoughts. Have a great week, Everyone!
(photos c/o facebook.com/John Fogerty),
(Have you Ever Seen The Rain YouTube c/o Dylan McCord),
(Proud Mary YouTube c/o J.R. Ramos),
(Lookin’ Out My Back Door YouTube c/o Geert Mook),
(Down On The Corner YouTube c/o Shane Henning)