John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American musician, singer and songwriter, early in his career best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and later as a successful solo recording artist. Fogerty was listed on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists (at number 40) and the list of 100 Greatest Singers (at number 72).
The “group” released The Blue Ridge Rangers, its only album, in 1973; it spun off the Top 20 hit “Jambalaya”, as well as a lesser hit in “Heart Of Stone”. Fogerty, still using “The Blue Ridge Rangers” name, then released a self-penned rock & roll single”: “You Don’t Owe Me” b/w “Back in the Hills” (Fantasy F-710). It was a commercial flop, failing to make the Hot 100 in the U.S. Fogerty thereafter abandoned the “Blue Ridge Rangers” identity, and released all his subsequent work under his own name.
In early 1974, Fogerty released “Comin’ Down The Road”—backed with the instrumental “Ricochet”.
His second solo album, John Fogerty, was released in 1975. Sales were slim and legal problems delayed a followup, though it yielded “Rockin’ All Over the World”, a Top 40 hit for Fogerty in North America. Two years later, in 1977, British boogie rockers Status Quo recorded their version of “Rockin’ All Over the World”, which became a huge hit and made the song world-famous, not least by opening 1985’s Live Aid with the song that had become one of their best-known anthems.