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Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2006 10:00 pm

I would like to address the article from Joe Guzzardi on John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The article stated that "Lodi" reached Number 2 on the chart in 1969.

This isn't actually true. "Lodi" was the flip-side or the "B" side of the single release.

It really made it to No. 52 on Billboard. The "A" side which made it to Number two was "Bad Moon Rising". A few weeks ago Creedence Clearwater Revisited came to Lodi with two original members of CCR. The time they were here previously, they were called The Golliwogs. At the concert, one of the original members (I could not see who) told about being here and playing in a local bar. He never said which bar.

Let's look at some of Mr. Guzzardi's questions. Did Fogerty take a Greyhound to Lodi? I doubt that very much. With at least four band members and their amps, guitars and drum set, I really kind of doubt that. In 1965, I helped unload a U-Haul trailer of equipment for a Sacramento band playing at the Armory here in town. They were called, The New Breed. Their lead singer, Timothy B. Schmit, became the bass player for The Eagles. I couldn't picture a Greyhound bus with band equipment stored in the baggage compartment. Remember, this had to be in the early '60s because the Army was trying to draft John in 1966 at the age of 20 or 21.

The second question was Does Fogerty remember the name of the tavern? As I pointed out earlier, one band member spoke about it, but did not give any bar names. The third question about the magazine being, "Rolling Stone." I don't think so unless John wrote the song and performed in Lodi after 1967, the year Rolling Stone first published.

The last question could be answered by the fact he disliked Lodi's bar crowd so much, (he even wrote a song about it) "that if he had a dollar for every song he sung, he would catch the next train out of here." I believe John may have passed through here but I don't believe he would want to get stuck here again.

Leland Fortner


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