John Fogerty (Finally) Gets The Songs He Wrote Back Under His Ownership

It's a happily-ever-after ending for the long and sordid tale of John Fogerty and the songwriting publishing for his Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) songs. Fogerty has purchased a majority interest in the global publishing rights to his legendary song catalog from Concord for an undisclosed sum. For years, Fogerty had refused to play his Creedence hits rather than line the pockets of the late-Saul Zaentz, who owned the band's masters through Fantasy Records. In an effort to extricate himself from Creedence's back-breaking contract, Fogerty sold his publishing to Zaentz in 1980.

John Fogerty said in a statement, "As of this January, I own my own songs again. This is something I thought would never be a possibility. After 50 years, I am finally reunited with my songs. I also have a say in where and how my songs are used. Up until this year, that is something I have never been able to do. I am looking forward to touring and celebrating this year! I want thank Concord for helping to make all of this happen. And, I am excited for new ideas and a renewed interest in my music. . . like a revival."

Wife and manager Julie Fogerty added: "I was always hoping for a miracle that John would own his songs, and I’m so blissful knowing that this has finally come true for him. The songs he wrote for CCR were going to start reverting in approximately three years, continuing for each year forward. I thought to myself that if there was anything I could do to make that happen now, it would be that miracle that we have been waiting for more than 50 years. I began to produce a plan to purchase his publishing right now. In doing so, I enlisted the help of Irving AzoffJason KarlovSusan Genco and we were able to secure the U.S. Rights in addition to Worldwide Rights, which would not have been part of the copyright reversions. I am so joyful, grateful, and excited for John."


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