Richard "Tom" Fogerty (November 9, 1941 – September 6, 1990) was an
American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist in Creedence Clearwater
Revival and the older brother of John Fogerty, lead singer and lead guitarist
in that band.
Fogerty was born in Berkeley, California. Tom and John are of Irish descent. He
began singing rock and roll in high school, just as his brother, John Fogerty
did. He and his brother had separate groups. Tom's band,Spider Webb and the
Insects (which featured Jeremy Levine of the Seeds), signed a recording
contract with Del-Fi Records but broke up in 1959 before releasing any records.
John's band The Blue Velvets, began backing Tom, and eventually Tom joined
John's band, and the group recorded three singles for Orchestra Records in 1961
and 1962, with Tom as lead vocalist.
the mid 1960s, the group was called The Golliwogs and recorded with Fantasy
Records, with Tom and John sharing lead vocal duties. By 1968 the band was
renamed Creedence Clearwater Revival, when John had become full-time lead
singer and primary songwriter. During the few years of the life of Creedence
Clearwater Revival, Tom sang backing vocals and wrote songs, but only one of
his songs ("Walking on the Water") was recorded. This lack of
opportunity, along with festering, long-standing animosity with his brother,
led him to leave the band in 1971.
leaving the band, Fogerty began performing and recording as a solo artist. His
relationship with his brother John remained strained. Tom was bitter at having
his contributions overlooked. In the pre-CCR days, Tom had been singer,
songwriter, and, generally, manager of the act. Tom Fogerty had minor hits like
"Goodbye Media Man" and "Joyful Resurrection".
(Here's "Mystery Train" from above 1981 album)
remained with Fantasy Records and his 1971 solo debut album, Tom Fogerty,
reached #78 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart. On the follow-up, Excalibur, Jerry
Garcia and Merl Saunders played on the sessions. Stu Cook and Doug Clifford
(CCR's former bass guitarist and drummer) and John Fogerty performed on the
album, Zephyr National. The song "Joyful Resurrection"
features a complete reunion of CCR though John Fogerty recorded his parts separately. Cook and Clifford also backed Tom on his second LP release of 1974
the rest of the 1970s and 1980s, Tom Fogerty continued to record. He claimed
all royalties and sued Fantasy Records; when Tom re-signed with Fantasy. He
lived comfortably in Scottsdale, Arizona for the remainder of his life, thanks
to his Creedence royalties. He was an occasional surprise call-in guest on
local radio station KSLX-FM.
the October 1980 reception for Tom's marriage to Tricia Clapper, all four
members of CCR reunited and performed for the first time in a decade. They took
the stage once more for a final time at a school reunion three years later.
September 6, 1990, Tom Fogerty died in Scottsdale, Arizona of AIDS
(specifically from a tuberculosis infection), having contracted HIV from blood
transfusions for back ailments. (Info Wikipedia)