Song of the Day #4,060: ‘The Old Man Down the Road’ – John Fogerty

My final example of (alleged) musical copyright infringement is the curious case of John Fogerty’s ‘The Old Man Down the Road,’ a song he was accused of stealing from… himself.

Fogerty, the lead singer and principal songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival, had an acrimonious break-up with the band in 1972 before going solo. He was still tied to a shit-show of a contract with Fantasy Records. His first solo album underperformed, which Fogerty blamed on Fantasy’s lackluster promotion, and he refused to record anything new. Fantasy sued him.

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Song of the Day #2,294: ‘Run Through the Jungle’ – Creedence Clearwater Revival

creedence_clearwater_revivialThe Random iTunes Fairy has a nice sense of symmetry. A week after serving up Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary,’ she has let the needle drop on the band’s classic protest song ‘Run Through the Jungle.’

Given John Fogerty’s opposition to the war in Vietnam, and the song’s title, many listeners believed this track was about the war. Fogerty says it is actually about the proliferation of guns in America.

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