John Fogerty is recognized as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, but those skills have might have overshadowed his true artistic passion. On Feedback with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski, the Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman discussed how his guitar-playing has flown under the radar throughout his career.
“I don’t know if you know this, but I spend a lot of time practicing guitar,” Fogerty confessed. “It’s something I’m very serious about. I think as a child, certainly, I noticed guitar and I loved how it sounded and just somewhere around 13 I decided I was a guitar player. Not that I was any good, but that’s what I wanted to do.”
Fogerty discussed the guitarists he admires, calling out James Burton, Scotty Moore. He especially admired fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy, saying “[he was] my first guitar hero because he was the guy in front instead of standing behind a singer.”
Known for writing hits such as Susie Q and Proud Mary, which he recently discussed with Ron Bennington on Icons, Fogerty still works incredibly hard at perfecting his guitar skills.
“It’s very important to me; it’s very dear to me. Feeling that way, it’s been my inspiration to try and get better. I’m quite serious about this, still,” Fogerty said. “I get up every morning, early before the sun is up, a lot of times it’s four o’clock in the morning. I’m quite serious about this because there some techniques on the guitar I want to be able to do.”
Such a strict work ethic can take a toll on someone at Fogerty’s age, but he said the love for playing guitar overpowers any urge to slow down.
“At around five [a.m.] or so I’m going, ‘John, you’re 71 years old, do you realize how crazy this is? You’re practicing, trying to get better for three years from now?'” he said. “But it isn’t crazy to me, it’s the same instinct I had when I was 14.”
Fogerty also discussed the breakup with Creedence Clearwater Revival and playing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 without the band’s original members. Instead, Fogerty performed with Bruce Springsteen whom he called the greatest American rock artist of all time.
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