October 1st, 2013
04:51 PM ET
John Fogerty stands in front of a glass case at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Inside the display are several of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' guitars, a telegram from Johnny Cash and three of Fogerty’s signature plaid flannel shirts.
“It’s like walking into your closet and having an audience. It’s sort of strange,” the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells CNN. He says this, of course, while wearing a plaid flannel shirt.
Named after his current solo album, the “John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone” exhibit runs through January 2014. It unflinchingly chronicles the ups and downs of the singer-songwriter’s tumultuous four-decade career.
There are handwritten lyrics to Creedence’s 1969 classic, “Proud Mary,” and a guitar fashioned from a baseball bat for Fogerty’s 1985 solo album, “Centerfield.” Also on display: the original contract Creedence Clearwater Revival signed with Fantasy Records in 1964. That document would come back to haunt Fogerty when he embarked on his solo career.
“They sued me for sounding like myself,” Fogerty says, still incredulous after all these years.
For two decades, he wouldn’t play Creedence songs, during an era he calls his “dark period.” But at Thursday’s Grammy Museum event, he had no problem treating fans to a trio of CCR hits: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” “Proud Mary” and “Fortunate Son.”
Even though his life and times have been well-documented by rock critics and historians, we discovered five little-known Fogerty facts:
How Fogerty got his start in music
Fogerty is writing his autobiography – and he won’t be shy about voicing his opinion
Blood may be thicker than water, but ...
Why he sounds like he was “Born on the Bayou” instead of in the San Francisco Bay area
Age is just a number
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