John Fogerty, unlike many of his peers who have been selling their music rights, has regained the rights to his Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.
According to Billboard, Fogerty purchased the global publishing rights to the CCR catalog from Concord Records. The cost of the deal is not known.
Billboard notes, “Concord has owned the rights since 2004 when the company bought Saul Zaentz’s Fantasy Records. One of the first moves Concord made was to reinstate and increase Fogerty’s artist royalties, which Fogerty had relinquished to Zaentz in 1980 to get out of his Fantasy deal and had not received in 25 years. Concord retains the CCR master recordings already in its catalog and will continue to administer Fogerty’s share of the publishing catalog for an unspecified limited time.”
Fogerty has been fighting to regain the rights to the CCR songs he wrote for decades. He shared his joy via social media saying in a statement, “As of this January, I own my own songs again. This is something I thought would never be a possibility. After 50 years, I am finally reunited with my songs. I also have a say in where and how my songs are used. Up until this year, that is something I have never been able to do.”
He added, “I am looking forward to touring and celebrating this year! I want to thank Concord Records for helping to make all of this happen. And, I am excited for new ideas and a renewed interest in my music … like a revival.”
I am looking forward to touring and celebrating this year! I want to thank @ConcordRecords for helping to make all of this happen. And, I am excited for new ideas and a renewed interest in my music … like a revival.— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) January 12, 2023