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Tom Fogerty
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Musician
    (November 9, 1941-September 6, 1990)
    Born in Berkeley, California
    Older brother of John Fogerty
    Rhythm guitarist for The Blue Velvets (later Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968–1970)
    Albums include ‘Tom Fogerty,’ ‘Excalibur,’ ‘Zephyr national,’ ‘Myopia,’ and ‘Deal It Out’
    Singles include ‘Goodbye Media Man’ and ‘Joyful Resurrection’
    Died of tuberculosis in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 48
    One of his own bands – Spider Webb and the Insects – recorded a single (never released!) song for the label that made Richie Valens a star.
    While he was a proficient songwriter, only one song – ‘Walking on the Water’ – made it onto a CCR album (when they were known as the Golliwogs).
    He suffered from back and neck problems.
    He acquired tuberculosis due to blood transfusions in an era when screening for HIV was not routine.
    According to John – with whom he had barely been on speaking terms – he developed ‘some sort of weird Patty Hearst syndrome.’
    In its earliest (pre-1967) incarnations, he was the lead singer and principal songwriter.
    As a solo artist, he worked with Jerry Garcia, among others.
    His other CCR bandmates were frequent contributors to his solo work — most notably on ‘Myopia.’
    Despite his turbulent relationship with his brother, the entire band was at his wedding reception and gave their first live performance in some ten years.
    Ironically, his death inspired John to work on his sons’ relationship so it wouldn’t suffer the same way.

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