John Fogerty on ups, downs, becoming music’s fortunate son

John Fogerty on ups, downs, becoming music’s fortunate son

Although he wrote the classic Americana songbook, it took John Fogerty more than 30 years to come to terms with the realization he really was one of rock music's fortunate sons. 

For one incredible 12-month run, this blue-collar kid from a San Francisco suburb had been the leader of a band that reshaped popular music. In 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival sold more records and had more hit songs — including classics like "Proud Mary," "Lodi," "Green River" and "Bad Moon Rising" — than even the Beatles.

Then three years later, it was over. The biggest band in the world had imploded in one of the most acrimonious splits of all time, one followed by decades of lawsuits and angry allegations.

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