For many years following the messy breakup of his band Creedence Clearwater Revival, JOHN FOGERTY had a complicated relationship with his famous catalog of songs.
But on his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone (Vanguard, $16), the 67-year-old is going back to some of his greatest hits and forgotten gems with the help of friends like the Foo Fighters, Miranda Lambert, My Morning Jacket, Bob Seger, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley.
The record isn’t a mailed-in, long-distance duets record, but the product of Fogerty’s efforts to get face to face and collaborate with some of his favorite artists.
“Even though they’re doing my songs, I encouraged them to use their own vision,” Fogerty says. “I told everyone, ‘Go artistic on me — show what you want to do.’ That’s when they really shined.”
Despite being one of rock’s great tunesmiths, Fogerty’s no stranger to getting artistic on other people’s songs, having had a history of recording memorable covers. Here are five of our favorites.
CCR delivered a cutting rendition of Dale Hawkins’ 1957 rockabilly hit on the band’s self-titled debut album.
On 1969’s Willy and the Poor Boys, CCR put a signature stamp on folk legend Huddie Ledbetter’s recollection of farm life.
“SHE THINKS I STILL CARE”
A fine version of the George Jones weeper from Fogerty’s 1973 one-man-band album of roots and country songs, The Blue Ridge Rangers.
Fogerty found the ethereal ache in Jody Reynolds’ ghostly, lovelorn ballad and included it as a bonus track on his 1997 comeback album Blue Moon Swamp.
Fogerty returned to his Blue Ridge Rangers concept in 2009 with The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, leading the album with a sprite take on singer-songwriter John Prine’s childhood reminiscence.