Lookin’ Out My Back Door

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Tele-gigging – one of many upsides to the current lockdown.

Here, John Fogerty – still a vocal powerhouse at 74 – performs acoustic versions of three Creedence Clearwater Revival classics for Rolling Stone’s ‘In My Room’ series.


11 thoughts on “Lookin’ Out My Back Door

  1. Slightly Bemused

    The man is a legend!

    I also love to hear songs sung by the artist later in their lives, as they usually put a different spin on it. Learned from their own experience. Maybe not so raw, but very much as cutting.

    My favourite example of this is Janis Ian and At Seventeen. I first saw and heard this as a very young boy, not quite yet a teenager. It simply blew my mind. A few years ago I came across a recording she made much later, and the difference in how she sang it, while still being true to her original, is remarkable. I think John did the same here.

    I know I will get the bad boy filter for 2 links, but in case you are interested, here is Janis Ian
    1976: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUz2TNMvL0
    2008 (I think): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oCTMcbQ1QE&ab_channel=liveviddy


  2. Liam Deliverance

    Oh my, what a man, what a voice, he is up there as one of the all time greats, still has that trademark voice, thanks for sharing this.

  3. Slightly Bemused

    Potentially controversial question here

    Do mens’ voices change more with age than womens’?

    I am thinking of how many great singers voices changed over the years. Not saying many great women singers voices did not change. But maybe it is the choice of songs.

    With no disrespect intended,

    I do not think Sinead O’Connor could belt out Nothing Compares To You the same way now, but I love her recent stuff and think she would do a whole new interpretation of it, but very recognisably Sinead.

    Johnny Cash’s later renditions of his and other songs (Hurt is just sublime) show how his voice has changed.

    I am not sure what I am asking, but this is one thing I love about artists as they reinterpret their own music. Maybe they just change it to suit how their voices develop. Either way, I do love it!

    1. millie aka oprah

      I think it depends on the voice actually.

      I have a much greater vocal range now, than my younger days. I started as an alto but can now range to high mezzo soprano. I think I could be at my ‘peak now’, and suspect that the strength of my vocals and my range will decrease as I age. I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing though. Look at Joni Mitchell, for example. Or the great Dolly.

        1. millie aka oprah

          I did classical training when I was younger, and was a choral singer for a long time too, which was brilliant. I’d recommend being in a choir to anyone. I did a little bit of professional singing too, the odd gig. But nowadays I just sing for my own pleasure, and for the kid, of course :)

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Thanks, millie! Interesting insight. I have to admit my range changed also. I went from class crow to my daughter turning up the radio every time I started to sing :) Sadly, although I come from a very musical family (including said daughter) that gene skipped me.

        In part, i think it has driven me to really enjoy the music I do hear.

        I must admit one of the purest voices I know is Doris Day, and I heard her in her later years still able to knock the socks out of Secret Love. An incredible song she apparently did in one take – as a rehearsal.

  4. scottser

    I’ve been learning loads of tunes this past few weeks and creedence’s ‘I put a spell on you’ is just brilliant. Fogarty is one of my all time favorite vocalists.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      I remember trying to sing along to Fortunate Son in the car on my way to work one morning and thinking I was doing okay…
      When you drive by Dunsink Lane the signal drops out and Spotify stopped…
      and I was faced with the horrible reality of my screeching by comparison!


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