Against a backdrop of social upheaval and the Vietnam War, Fogerty exploded from his home town of El Cerrito, Calif., as the leader and principle songwriter of one of the most influential and beloved bands in rock 'n roll history, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Cranking out a remarkable string of the biggest hits of the late '60s -- early '70s, CCR forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound that melded blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern-tinged rock 'n' roll. Among Creedence's many classics, still mainstays of rock radio, are "Proud Mary," "Green River," "Fortunate Son," "Down On The Corner," "Lookin' Out My Back Door," "Travellin' Band," and "Bad Moon Rising."
Post-Creedence, Fogerty embarked on an equally impressive solo career, writing, producing and performing such acclaimed albums as 1975's John Fogerty and 1985's No. 1 Billboard multiplatinum album Centerfield. With its trio of timeless hit singles, including "The Old Man Down The Road," "Rock And Roll Girls," and the iconic title track now a mainstay at baseball parks across the world, the Centerfield collection marked Fogerty's return to the forefront of contemporary rock 'n' roll.
1997's Blue Moon Swamp earned Fogerty a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album; other honors include induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the BMI Pop Music Awards' prestigious BMI Icon honor. In addition, Fogerty and "Centerfield" were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, the first time that organization has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies.
In 2013, Fogerty released Wrote a Song for Everyone, a testament to the fact that his songs of the past 45 years continue to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers. Fogerty has remained a powerful presence on the touring trail, performing with top-shelf musicians delivering beloved songs from the breadth of the artist's career. As Keynote Q&A at the 13th annual Billboard Touring Conference, Fogerty joins an illustrious list of past keynoters, including Roger Waters, Gene Simmons, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, and Perry Farrell, along with hosting as speakers virtually all of the visionary decision-makers that have charted the course of the live music industry over the past decade.
"John Fogerty is one of the most important popular music artists to emerge in the last 50 years, writing and performing songs that are interwoven into the very fabric of popular culture," says Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director, content and programming for Touring & Live Entertainment, who will be conducting the Q&A. "For many of us, Mr. Fogerty's voice and guitar provide a truly transformative American experience. I am thrilled to welcome him to the Billboard Touring Conference and fully expect to be entertained, surprised, and inspired in a compelling session."
The Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, taking place in L.A. for the first time after 12 years in New York, is close to selling out for the fourth consecutive year. Registration is at billboardevents.com/touring until capacity is reached.