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John Fogerty is ready to play again, and this time, he’s taking the field with an all-star team.
Due in the fall, the album Wrote a Song for Everyone will feature the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman collaborating with some big names on songs from his Hall of Fame catalog and a few new ones. Foo Fighters will rock up the ever-timely CCR classic “Fortunate Son,” and Bob Seger helps out on “Who’ll Stop the Rain.” Others tapped for the record include country stars Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert along with alt-country outfits My Morning Jacket and Dawes.
More collaborators, a track list and additional details about the album — Fogerty’s first for Vanguard Records — will be announced soon. Wrote a Song for Everyone, which takes its title from the stirring song on Creedence’s 1969 LP Green River, will be the singer-songwriter-guitarist’s first album since 2009’s The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, a covers set that included collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles’ Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit.
Wrote a Song will be Fogerty’s ninth solo studio set since Creedence split in 1972. That Bay Area quartet put out seven LPs in four years, generating such rock classics as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” It sent nine singles to the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, including five that peaked at No. 2 — the most of any act without hitting No. 1. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Fogerty’s solo career has seen remarkable highs and lows. He topped the Billboard 200 in 1985 with Centerfield, nearly a decade after his self-titled previous album. It spawned the Top 10 single “The Old Man Down the Road” and FM hits with the title track and “Rock and Roll Girls.” After his follow-up Eye of the Zombie failed to match its predecessor’s commercial or critical success, his career took a back seat to nasty court battles with his longtime nemesis Saul Zaentz, who owned Creedence’s label Fantasy Records. (Zaentz went on to win three best picture Oscars as producer of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient.)
He roared back with 1997’s Blue Moon Swamp, which was 10 years in the making and won a Grammy for best rock album. It would be seven years before his next studio set, Déjà Vu All Over Again, which got a lukewarm reception from fans and critics. But Fogerty found his mojo again with 2007’s Revival, which earned strong reviews and featured some of the most fiery material since his Creedence days. He most recently wrote and sang on “Swamp Water,” the theme to Fox’s freshman drama The Finder.
Fogerty has concerts — mainly festival dates — booked into August but has not announced a tour to coincide with the new album.
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