33 Total Quotes

John Fogerty Quotes

I must admit I was hesitant. What I found disarming is they were delightful people, very respectful of me and my music. They decided to start paying me artist royalties, which they weren't contractually obligated to do. They recognized that I created all this music, and it was a huge asset for them.
John Fogerty
#People

I always assumed I would meet him. I never got to touch base from my heart to his heart, and I'm sure that millions of us felt the same way.
John Fogerty
#Heart

Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
John Fogerty
#Ball Game

And I now think that Stratocasters and Telecasters are way cool.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

But I think beautiful is simple and elegant, like a ballad with simple harmony.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

Even though I have often recorded alone, I still feel the best music is made by musicians playing off each other.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

Even though James Burton was my idol, I didn't think I could carry his shoes back then.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I don't know that all the demons have been beaten, but I'm very, very proud of those songs.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I loved Western Swing and Hank Williams' music, and I now know that it's a 6th tuning that gives you all of those classic licks.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I stuck with that size because I could bend the strings so well, and somewhere along the line I must have gotten it into my mind that I had small hands, so I was thinking I'd never be able to play a full-scale guitar, but I also felt like I was cheating or cutting corners.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I thought what I was good at doing was playing real simple guitar licks, since I'd cut my teeth on what Duane Eddy was doing; licks that were simple but had staying power.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I usually destroy unreleased material. It has a way of coming back to haunt you.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I went pretty much for one tone, and I knew at that time that I wanted to play a Rickenbacker.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I work hard at that, but the fact that there are a lot of good songs means there are also a lot of really bad songs I've written that you never hear.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I wrote that song for my wife, and it's what some guy who's sitting under a tree would be singing to the woman of his life, telling her how wonderful she is. To me, that's more lasting than something that sounds like it belongs on a movie soundtrack.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I'm like a twenty-two-year-old kid in a new band trying to get noticed and break through, because the vast majority of people have never seen me play live.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I'm much more energetic now; you might say live performance is my mission.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I'm now comfortable playing a lot of the old songs, and I've gotten out a lot of the old equipment.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I've also become much more the musician I've always wanted to be.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

I've studied a lot of great people over the years - Pete Seeger, James Brown - and tried to incorporate elements that I've admired, though I can't say I dance like James.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

In the last two years or so, I've made a conscious decision to play American guitars; I don't know of a more subtle way to say it.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

No, but I've always felt that with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don't take my fans for granted.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

Now that I'm older, I like almost anything that's done well, even surf music and instrumentals; I really enjoyed the interviews with the Ventures in your magazine.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

On Eye of the Zombie, I had so-called studio musicians.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

On Eye of the Zombie, I just got some studio musicians who were competent, but some of them weren't right for what I was trying to do.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

That song has the full extent of my mandolin abilities; I'm not a good mandolin player at all.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

The ones I have got great necks; of course, all of the Fenders from that era are incredible.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

The only sliding I did was on the kind of instrument that you put on your lap; no Spanish electrics.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

The Telecaster doesn't really sound that good for the kind of rock and roll that a lot of people played.
John Fogerty
#American Musician

There's just not a lot of guys around playing like that these days; a lot of steel players are plugging into stomp boxes, trying to sound like Jeff Beck on a steel guitar.
John Fogerty
#American Musician