John Fogerty is best known as the songwriter and voice of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival. A lot has happened since the days of his hits Susie Q and Proud Mary. So much so that the 70-year-old has written a memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music to get everything down. He hired Neil Young’s ghostwriter, Jimmy McDonough (Shakey, 2002), to help him “put the pieces together.”
While making his rounds on talk shows promoting Fortunate Son, Fogerty stops by The Voice to help Adam Levine mentor his singers. Most of them weren’t born when Fogerty made a comeback with Centerfield (1985) but they’ll probably remember Fogerty performing with last season’s winner, Sawyer Fredericks (see video below), who also fancies himself a songwriter. When recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, Fogerty was asked if he was working on any new songs. Fogerty said: “I find myself writing down titles and bits of music. I practice guitar every day. I’m obsessed with it. Lately I’ve started to go, ‘Wow, that could be a cool little lick. Maybe you should make a song out of that.’ It means I’m gearing up.” The Voice airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.