Clips & Pix: John Fogerty/Born On the Bayou

Today, John Fogerty turned 75 years old – holy cow! I feel like most of my music heroes are well into their ’70s. To celebrate the occasion, here’s one of my favorite tunes Fogerty has written: Born On the Bayou. It first appeared on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s sophomore album Bayou Country released in January 1969.

As Songfacts explains, Fogerty who grew up in Northern California had never actually been to a bayou when he wrote the song – he researched it in encyclopedias and imagined a bayou childhood for the song’s narrative. Songfacts also notes: Fogerty says the song was inspired by gospel music and popular movies. He explained in Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revivial, “‘Born on the Bayou’ was… about a mythical childhood and a heat-filled time, the Fourth of July. I put it in the swamp where, of course, I had never lived. I was trying to be a pure writer, no guitar in hand, visualizing and looking at the bare walls of my apartment.” Whatever inspired Fogerty, it’s a great song!

Apparently, the above footage was taken on June 8, 2018 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Okla., which is in the Tulsa vicinity. At that time, Fogerty had already embarked on the Blues and Bayous Tour with ZZ Top. I was fortunate to catch one of the shows and reviewed it here. Per Setlist.fm, the Catoosa date wasn’t part of the joint tour. While ZZ Top were performing in Oklahoma as well that night, they were about 220 miles to the south in Thackerville.

Sources: Wikipedia; Songfacts; Setlist.fm; YouTube

6 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: John Fogerty/Born On the Bayou”

  1. I can’t believe he is that age. John did so much in that short window that CCR had in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s cool that he has his kids playing with him also.
    He really took care of himself to still have that voice sounding great.

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  2. A great singer and I’m thankful that I saw him live 10 years ago.
    Actually I love his home sessions with his kids, there are a few clips on YouTube.

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  3. Sehr schön! Jetzt rockt er also wieder wie in den besten CCR-Zeiten. Seine Neuinterpretation von „Born On The Bayou“ hat hier eine atmosphärische Verdichtung erreicht.

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  4. Beinahe haette ich diesen Clip ebenfalls gepostet! Zwar ist das ganze sicherlich ein PR Stunt; gleichwohl finde ich es schoen Fogerty mit seinen Kindern zu sehen.

    Seine Soehne spielten ebenfalls in dem Konzert, bei dem ich vor zwei Jahren war. Man konnte Fogerty den Stolz deutlich ansehen.

    Und nicht zu unrecht: Sein Sohn Shane auf der rechten Seite ist kein schlechter Gitarrist. Sein anderer Sohn Tyler ist primaer ein Saenger. Seine Tochter Kelsey ist glaube ich keine professionelle Musikerin.

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