John Fogerty to speak at USC music school graduation
John Fogerty has a ‚Äúfortunate son‚ÄĚ of a different stripe these days‚ÄĒin this case it‚Äôs Shane Fogerty, who‚Äôll see his rock ‚Äėn‚Äô 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‚Äôs Thornton School of Music graduation day on May 16‚ÄĒa role Fogerty describes as a ‚Äúhuge honor.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWhen I was young, the idea of a popular music program ¬≠‚ÄĒ at USC no less ‚ÄĒ was unthinkable,‚ÄĚ Fogerty said via an announcement about the USC event. ‚ÄúIt is so inspiring to see how the students and the University have embraced this important and influential part of our cultural lives.‚ÄĚ
In mentioning Shane‚Äôs graduation from the Thornton School, Fogerty adds: ‚ÄúIt really doesn‚Äôt get any better!‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äė60s including the Fogerty-penned acoustic classics ‚ÄúProud Mary,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWho‚Äôll Stop the Rain, ‚ÄúLodi,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúLookin‚Äô Out My Back Door.‚ÄĚ After the band split in 1972, Fogerty went on to a successful solo career on the strength of such hits as ‚ÄúCenterfield,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Old Man Down the Road‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúRock and Roll Girls.‚ÄĚ
Check out the above video of Fogerty performing "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" live in 2010.