John Fogerty has said he spent every day of 10 years working on Centerfield—and it certainly paid off.
John Fogerty has said he spent every day of 10 years working on Centerfield—and it certainly paid off. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival creative force wrote, produced, and played everything on it. When Warner Bros. issued the set in 1985, it was as if Fogerty and CCR had never left the musical map. In fact, the hit single "The Old Man Down the Road" sounded so much like classic Creedence that Fogerty had to defend himself against charges of copyright infringement. Also included on the outstanding set are "Rock and Roll Girls" and "Vanz Kant Danz"—a thinly disguised attack on the head of Fantasy Records, CCR's former label. As for the title track, well, it has all but replaced "Take Me out to the Ballgame" as the anthem of America's favorite pastime. With baseball season well under way and the Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle movie 61* getting deserved raves, the timing couldn't be better for the return of a true rock'n'roll classic.—J