John Fogerty to speak at USC music school graduation


Posted on April 24, 2014

John Fogerty has a “fortunate son” of a different stripe these days—in this case it’s Shane Fogerty, who’ll see his rock ‘n’ roll dad deliver the commencement speech next month  at his own college graduation ceremony.

The legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman is set to be the featured speaker at USC’s Thornton School of Music graduation day on May 16—a role Fogerty describes as a “huge honor.”

“When I was young, the idea of a popular music program ­— at USC no less — was unthinkable,” Fogerty said via an announcement about the USC event. “It is so inspiring to see how the students and the University have embraced this important and influential part of our cultural lives.”

In mentioning Shane’s graduation from the Thornton School, Fogerty adds: “It really doesn’t get any better!”

Founded in 1884, the Thornton School of Music has had such notable classical guitarists pass through its halls as Andrew York, Christopher Parkening, John Dearman and Oleg Timofeyev. In 2009, the school added its popular-music major.

Fogerty’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame music career is most notable for his work with Bayou-tinged Berkeley, California quartet Creedence Clearwater Revival, which enjoyed a slate of hits in the late ‘60s including the Fogerty-penned acoustic classics “Proud Mary,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain, “Lodi,” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” After the band split in 1972, Fogerty went on to a successful solo career on the strength of such hits as “Centerfield,” “The Old Man Down the Road” and “Rock and Roll Girls.”

Check out the above video of Fogerty performing "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" live in 2010.

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