John Fogerty recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Fogerty discussed his songwriting technique and the making of his latest album, 2013's Wrote A Song For Everyone. Fogerty also performed several Creedence Clearwater Revival songs, including the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted "Proud Mary" and "Fortunate Son."
"As the record began to take shape, I could see that this was really special," said Fogerty regarding Wrote A Song For Everyone, which features the singer teaming with guest artists to perform songs from his catalog. "Something like this may not happen again."
A native of Berkeley, Calif., Fogerty began his career as the lead singer/songwriter and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, with whom he released the No. 1 albums Green River (1969) and Cosmo's Factory (1970), the latter of which was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame this year and features six tracks that peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Long As I Can See The Light" and "Run Through The Jungle." Among the hits Fogerty composed for CCR are "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary," "Green River," "Down On The Corner," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Travelin' Band," and "Fortunate Son." The group's final album before disbanding was 1972's Mardi Gras, which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200.
In 1975 Fogerty released a self-titled solo album, which cracked the Billboard 200 and featured the Top 40 hit "Rockin' All Over The World." In 1985 Fogerty released Centerfield, which climbed to No. 1 and earned the singer/songwriter his first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance — Male. (In 2010 Fogerty became the first musician to be honored during a Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony and performed the album's title track.) Fogerty earned his first GRAMMY in 1997 for Best Rock Album for Blue Moon Swamp, which peaked in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. Fogerty subsequently released several albums to crack the Top 40, including Premonition (1998, No. 29), Deja Vu All Over Again (2004, No. 23), Revival (2007, No. 14), and The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (2009, No. 24).
Released in May 2013, Wrote A Song For Everyone is a 14-track set that features Fogerty recording songs from his catalog with several guest artists, including fellow GRAMMY winners Bob Seger ("Who'll Stop The Rain"), Brad Paisley ("Hot Rod Heart"), Zac Brown Band ("Bad Moon Rising"), Foo Fighters ("Fortunate Son"), Keith Urban ("Almost Saturday Night"), and Miranda Lambert and Tom Morello ("Wrote A Song For Everyone"), among others. Following the album's release, in September 2013 the GRAMMY Museum launched the exhibit John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone, which was on display through January and featured artifacts such as Forgerty's personal scrapbook from his time with Creedence Clearwater Revival and his "Centerfield" baseball bat-shaped guitar.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Record Theater: Meet The Beatles! (Capitl T 2407) In Mono (Feb. 24).