John Loeffler, the A&R executive overseeing the deal at BMG, said, “We couldn’t be more proud to sign a cultural and musical icon like John Fogerty, and become part of his legacy as he continues to create extraordinary and timeless music.”
As a solo artist and as the co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty is responsible for such rock classics as “Proud Mary, “ “Green River, “ “Born on the Bayou, “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” Centerfield," and countless others. In addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The reissue of Blue Moon Swamp begins a program that will include re-releases of studio sets Centerfield, Eye of the Zombie and Deju Vu (All Over Again), as well as live album Premonition and a new Greatest Hits collection curated from his solo catalog. Blue Moon Swamp, which was named best rock album at the 1998 Grammy Awards, holds a special place in Fogerty’s heart as its creation signaled a rebirth for the legend following a debilitating lawsuit.
"Every single note on this record has my heart and soul embedded into it. I had been through so much, being sued by my label for sounding like myself. I had to recover from the emotional damage of what that did to a songwriter," Fogerty tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. "I had to dig deep, and get through the feelings of betrayal. With the love of my wife and children, I was able to make this record.
"No other record I ever made felt like this. It was a victory for me personally and emotionally,” he continues. “On that tour with this record, I was able to sing all of my songs including every song I wrote for my band Creedence Clearwater Revival. If I hadn't made it through recording this record I don't know if anyone would have ever heard John Fogerty singing 'Proud Mary' ever again. It had been 15 years since I sang my songs. And that year, I won my first Grammy ever. It was a huge victory for me.”
Fogerty continues to perform all his CCR and solo hits at his residency at the Wynn’s Encore Theater in Las Vegas. Upcoming runs are Sept. 20-Oct. 7 and Jan. 10-20, 2018.