Music Notes: John Fogerty’s Arizona Connections

Niki D'AndreaOctober 12, 2020
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It will be a second homecoming of sorts when John Fogerty plays at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale on October 17. Though Fogerty famously sings some songs set in the South (“Proud Mary,” “Green River,” “Born on the Bayou”), the California-born Creedence Clearwater Revival co-founder has some Arizona connections.

“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” in Scottsdale: In 2015, Fogerty bought one of the last remaining home sites at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale for $1.3 million. That same year, he sold a home he owned in Scottsdale’s Ironwood Village for $322,000. Fogerty’s full-time family home is an $8.95 million mansion in Thousand Oaks, California.

“Fortunate Son” Fogerty: John and his brother, Tom Fogerty, had a chilly relationship after Tom left Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1971. Legal disputes over song ownership kept the brothers distant until Tom’s death from respiratory failure linked to AIDS in 1990. Tom reportedly contracted the virus from an unchecked blood transfusion in the ’80s and spent the last years of his life in Scottsdale.

“Travelin’ Band” on AZ TV: Fogerty hosted the show John Fogerty: My 50-Year Trip, which premiered on Arizona PBS in December 2019.

So, has Fogerty ever written a song about Arizona? He’s never explicitly mentioned the state in any lyrics, but if we didn’t know this song was inspired by meeting gospel music legend Pops Staples in Mississippi, we’d bet on “A Hundred and Ten in the Shade.”

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