John Fogerty Finally Regains Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Music Rights

You know how they say that you can’t always get what you want… Well, the lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, seems to be getting pretty darn close. In a music industry where many of his peers are cashing in by selling the rights to their music catalogs, Fogerty is doing the opposite – he’s taking back control.

Recently, John Fogerty acquired a majority interest in the global publishing rights to his historic CCRsong catalog, including classic hits like ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Fortunate Son,’ and he’s not too shabby about it. “The happiest way to look at it is, yeah, it isn’t everything,” he said in a recent statement about acquiring a majority but not full ownership.

“It’s not a 100% win for me, but it’s sure better than it was. I’m really kind of still in shock. I haven’t allowed my brain to really, actually, start feeling it yet,” John admitted. He retained his writer’s share of his CCR copyrights and also owns the masters and publishing to his solo material.

The reason for Fogerty’s decision to purchase the CCR works may be his wish to maintain control over his own creations. He wants to have a say in how his music is used and distributed. And who can blame him? These songs are his babies, after all.

The decision to sell or hold onto the rights to a musician’s catalog can be a complex one. On the one hand, selling the rights can provide a significant financial windfall for the artist, as we have seen with many legendary rock stars like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young.

On the other hand, holding onto the rights allows the artist to maintain control over their own creations and how they are used, as exemplified by John Fogerty’s recent acquisition of the majority interest in the global publishing rights to his historic CCRsong catalog. Ultimately, the choice will depend on the individual artist’s priorities and goals. It’s a personal decision that each artist has to make for themselves, considering their unique situation.