John Cameron Fogerty is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist. Born in born May 28, 1945, he was famously associated with the swamp rock/roots rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and as a solo recording artist. While he remains one of the most popular American musicians, he was also featured on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists at No. 40 and the list of 100 Greatest Singers at No. 72.
He is best known for the songs “Proud Mary” and “Born on the Bayou” which rank amongst the Greatest Pop songs.
He went to the El Cerrito High School where he studied with the other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) all the while taking guitar lessons from Berkeley Folk Festival creator/producer Barry Olivier.
Along with his brother Tom, John collaborated with Doug Clifford and Stu Cook in the late 1950s to create the band Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets in El Cerrito, California. It was largely inspired by Little Richard and Bo Diddley, the pioneers of rock and roll. They changed their name to The Golliwogs after contracting with the jazz label Fantasy in 1965 and came out with some singles that went unnoticed.