Tom Fogerty Interview
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Tom Fogerty, guitarist for Cre­dence Clearwater Revival, died at his home in Scottsdale, AZ on Sept. 6 at the age of 48 from re­spiratory failure due to tubercu­losis.

Tom, along with his brother John, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook, built Creedence into one of the most successful rock groups o£ all time. Creedence sold tens of millions of records worldwide, and enjoyed success with hits like "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Down on the Corner" and "Who'll Stop the Rain." The group, disbanded in 1972, and each member went on to different projects.

Tom Fogerty had just released his solo album, "Deal It Out" (Fantasy Records) when I spoke to him. That was back on Oct. 28, 1981. Here then, is a look back at Tom Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Q. Will you be touring to sup­port this album of yours Tom?
A. I'm waiting to see what hap­pens with the album before I commit to going out nationally. You know the state of economics these days. It's kind of rough. In­ternational touring is rough for everybody, except maybe The Stones.

Q. Have you seen The Stones on this tour?
A. They played here in San Francisco at Candlestick Baseball Park. They sold out in 10 hours for two days. I went to the second show and I was lucky enough to get a good seat backstage. I ran into Bill Graham and we were discussing The Stones and how amazing it was they were still hanging in there. Then he told me what to look for in the show. Of course Mick was great, but he said watch for Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts and see how much they've improved. Man, unbeliev­able, what the rhythm section is like right now! I've seen The Stones seven times and they're better now than they've ever been. I was real impressed.

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