Week Ending June 2, 2013. Albums: The Return Of John Fogerty
John Fogerty’s Wrote A Song For Everyone enters The Billboard 200 at #3, just behind Daft Punk’s returning champ Random Access Memories and Alice In Chains’ new The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Fogerty’s album features the rock legend teaming with such artists as Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band on a set of his best-known songs. With this week’s debut, Fogerty has a more than 44-year span of top 10 albums. He first hit the top 10 in April 1969 with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s second album, Bayou Country.
True to the title, Wrote A Song For Everyone includes a broad range of artists—rock, country and even R&B (Jennifer Hudson takes the lead on “Proud Mary,” which was famously covered by Ike & Tina Turner.) The album isn’t listed on Top Country Albums, even though it includes duets with five country superstars.
Most albums that feature a star collaborating with various guest artists have used the title Duets, but there have been a few exceptions, notably Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company and Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee. Fogerty titled the album after a song that first appeared on CCR’s third album, Green River.
This is Fogerty’s second top 10 album as a solo artist. Centerfield hit #1 in March 1985. Fogerty also amassed five top 10 albums with CCR.
Creedence’s biggest hit is “Proud Mary,” which logged three weeks at #2 in March 1969. (For two of those weeks, it was stuck behind Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy,” a song that doesn’t have a fraction of the stature of “Proud Mary.”) Fogerty’s biggest solo hit is “The Old Man Down The Road,” which went top 10 in March 1985. But “Centerfield” (which stalled at #44 on the Hot 100), has proved far more popular in the long run. The song, a perennial ballpark anthem, has sold 734K digital copies, compared to 100K for “The Old Man Down The Road.”
Creedence’s Chronicle (20 Greatest Hits), released in 1976, is one of the best-selling greatest hits albums in history. It has sold 6,357,000 copies since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales for Billboard. It’s the 11th best-selling greatest hits album or compilation since 1991. (Keep in mind that that tally omits the album’s first 15 years of sales.)
CCR never won a Grammy (the Grammys didn’t have categories dedicated to rock until 1979), but Fogerty won Best Rock Album for 1997’s Blue Moon Swamp. Will this album bring him a second Grammy? Stay tuned.