Legendary CCR founding member and prolific solo artist John Fogerty is coming to the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls on July 14 & 15th 2016 for a magical night of music, stories and memories.
His beginnings in music
John Fogerty is a renown musician and songwriter, born and raised in America. He was born in May 28, 1945 in Berkeley, California, but grew up in El Cerrito. He is Tom Fogerty's younger brother, and both are guitarists. He attended El Cerrito High School and spent most summer vacations in Putah Creek. He was taught to play the guitar by Barry Olivier, Berkeley Folk Festival creator/producer.
John Fogerty discovered his musical talent while still in junior high school. He joined with two other students to form a singing group called Blue Velvets. Later, Tom Fogerty joined them and the four performed in San Francisco Bay Area. They made a few recordings which did not sell well. Later, in 1964, Fantasy Records granted them a contract, during which time they changed their name to 'Golliwogs. But still they were unable to produce a hit record and therefore lost the interest of the Fantasy.
Creedence Clearwater Revival History
The Golliwogs acquired themselves the name Creedence Clearwater Revival with the advice of Saul Zaentz. This was after their ordeal with the Fantasy.Things picked up for them in 1968 when they acquired this name. They released their first hit single, 'Susie Q' and had their first début album with their title. They then released Proud Mary, a single hit song and Bayou Country, an album. Many more hits followed.
But for a reason. John felt that he was not satisfying his musical needs. He felt that his opinions were neglected, yet he was the songwriter and the guitarist for the band. Disagreements and rifts within the band followed, with the other three airing their dissatisfaction too. They released their last album in 1972, and then disbanded the group.
Life after Creedence
"My voice is a unique instrument, and I will not lend it to your songs'' is what John said shortly before releasing their last album at Creedence. At this time, he had developed a dislike for bands and wished to produce solo music. He released his first solo, Blue Ridge Rangers in 1973. He stopped producing for a while because most of his time was focussed on a legal case with the Fantasy.
It is in 1985 that he released another song in which he played all the instruments by himself and did all the vocals just in the first solo. This was not very well received by the critics and almost convinced people that he was not a good soloist. But his next release, Centerfield, was a hit and managed to hit the top ten. Not only was it this successful, but its title song was adopted as the standard baseball stadium anthem.
John had a dark time in the 90s when his brother died of tuberculosis. He died when they had disagreed to the point of not speaking to each other. He travelled to Mississippi for inspiration after this, and visiting the grave of Robert Johnson, a blues legend. It is in 1997 that he had a comeback to the music industries with Blue Moon Swamp. This was very successful. In 1998, He received a star on The Walk of Fame.
He released Deja Vu All Over Again in 2004. This is also the year that he won his legal case with the Fantasies. In 2005, he rejoined Fantasy and released The Long Road Home. He played a headlining concert in 2006. Till 2010, John performed on shows in which he was invited while still working on his solos.
In 2010, he was honoured a BMI icon for pinning an indelible mark on generations of musicians. His song Swamp Water debuted on a series of Fox TV. Just in 2015, he was selected artist of the NHL stadium for hockey series.
John Fogerty is one of the oldest musicians in the world and is still inspired to produce quality songs.
See John Fogerty live and in-person at the Fallsview Casino, located on Fallsview Blvd, less than a 2 minute walk from our hotel, the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa. Our hotel is the #1 rated TripAdvisor Hotel in the area, has a 4-star rating and features the best hotel view of Niagara Falls, Guaranteed. Read more about our Guarantee at: