|John Cameron Fogerty
Born 5/28/45 in Berkeley, California.
A no-nonsense producer able to put his albums together for about $2,000 while
other rock albums can easily cost upwards of $50,000. to produce. He is quiet, but not
moody. He likes a laugh but isn't a joker. He can be terribly serious, but never
unpleasant. Musical influences: Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, early Elvis, Carl Perkins and
Little Richard. (From the original CCR fan club bio, 1970.)
The first song on the CENTERFIELD release completed was, "I SAW IT ON
TV", written by John while fishing in a small boat. This was the end of the nagging
"songwriter's block" Fogerty suffered for many years.
John was actually in a hot tub of water with a real Fender Stratocaster on
the cover photo for BLUE
MOON SWAMP. The guitar was dried out and saved after the photo session was done.
Approximately 50 drummers were used at one time or another during the making
of BLUE MOON SWAMP. All of the drummers used a drum kit provided and adjusted by John
John Fogerty was against doing music videos after completing the CENTERFIELD
album. He felt music videos might put a perspective on his songs other than what the
individual listener might otherwise visualize.Fogerty later embraced the idea of
visualizing his songs. It was his idea to use Will Vinton's Claymation studios, one of the
best in the world, to integrate the Claymation animated scenes with real scenes of John in
the VANZ KANT DANZ, video produced in mid 1985. The result was one of the most original
rock videos ever produced.
The blue Phil Kubicki Stratocaster body custom made guitar John is holding
on the cover of the April 1985 "Guitar Player" magazine, and seen later in the
VANZ KANT DANZ video was stolen in mid 1985 during a break-in at John's office and
Of all the instruments John has learned to play to make his music, the
fiddle was the hardest for him to master he says. He learned to play the fiddle for the
BLUE RIDGE RANGERS album, his first one man band solo album released in 1973.
On the "John Fogerty's All Stars" television special, on-stage
during the recording of the live song sets, there was a CCR era Kustom 2 x 15 speaker
cabinet behind John. During the 1997 BLUE MOON SWAMP tour, Fogerty used one of the old
Kustom 200 amps from the CCR era for two songs in his set, SUZIE Q and I PUT A SPELL ON
YOU. The rolled and tucked Naugahyde black Kustom amps were part of CCR's trademark
during their career. The Kustom amps were built in 1968 and 1969, and in addition to the
guitars, huge Kustom 400 amps and cabinets were used for the band's PA system on tour. CCR
was very loud during their live shows, but the sound was not distorted and the dynamics
were as good or better than any top live act at the time. Kustom Electronics now makes
police radar detector, rolled and tucked in black Naugahyde.
John's guitar amp of choice from the mid eighties through the early 1990's
was the Seymour Duncan
Convertible tube amp, the setup was a 4x12 cabinet and separate amp head.
The CENTERFIELD album was mixed by John to sound good on car stereo
John used Mesa/Boogie and Marshall guitar amps, in addition to the
Seymour Duncan amps, for the guitars on "Centerfield".
The opening riff of THE OLD MAN DOWN THE ROAD was played on a Washburn
Eagle or Falcon series thru-body electric guitar.
Fogerty used this guitar on the Welcome Home Vietnam Vets concert in
1987, and in many other live performances.