John Fogerty Shares Amazing Letter from a Fan at Recent Concert

by Matthew Memrick

John Fogerty took the time to share a fantastic fan letter after a recent concert.

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer acknowledged a fan’s thoughtful letter. He even posted the letter on Twitter and said he’d honor the fan’s request to play “Joy of My Life” at the next show.

“Just love that a fan took the time to let me know what a great time they had. Next show I will play ‘Joy Of My Life’ as requested See you Up Around The Bend! Playin’ in a Travelin’ Band.”

John tagged his son, Tyler Fogerty, and his son’s band, Hearty Har, in the post.

Tyler Fogerty is the lead singer for Hearty Har, and his brother, Shane, plays guitar in the band. Shane Fogerty also plays with his dad’s regular crew. The Fogerty family has performed together and played songs together on YouTube.

John Fogerty sang, and the family performed “Lodi” together for an incredible sight during the pandemic. They recreated the cover of CCR’s Cosmo’s Factory, making it into Fogerty’s Factory and calling themselves The Family Band. 

Fogerty’s Misheard Lyrics Now Fun To Him

In an iHeart radio interview, the singer-songwriter said he doesn’t have any problems with fans not hearing his songs’ right words.

For example, 1969’s “Bad Moon Rising” has a particular lyric where “There’s a bad moon on the rise” can easily sound like “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

But Fogerty seems to be OK with it. Shoot, the 76-year-old says he’s even singing those words now at times.

“Not only does it not bug me, I sing that myself nowadays,” he admitted to Q104.3 New York’s Jim Kerr and Shelli Sonstein. “Have fun with it! People were mishearing the words, as we all do, especially in rock and roll with singers who get excited and kind of rush their words.”

In the interview, he said he’d done it with fellow singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. Fogerty said, “Blinded By The Light,” confused him a time or two. 

John Fogerty’s Hit “Centerfield” Revisited

American Songwriter revisited Fogerty’s song recently, saying the legendary rocker already had the rift for the hit.

But it was the singer’s love and knowledge of baseball that came into play for the lyrics. It was off his 1985 album, “Centerfield,” Fogerty’s first album in nine years at one point.

Fogerty told ESPN in 2010 that the best baseball players played in centerfield like DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mayes. He said growing up, and if there were nine players, he was always put right field. But he acknowledged that the centerfielder was always the best fielder, the power hitter, fast, and could do it all. 

The website also mentioned that baseball enshrined the song in 2010.