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Tom Fogerty; Rock Group Co-Founder

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Tom Fogerty, co-founder with his younger brother John of the highly successful 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, has died in Scottsdale, Ariz., a spokeswoman for his record company said Friday. He was 48.

Terri Hinte, of Berkeley-based Fantasy Records, said Fogerty died Sept. 6 of respiratory failure stemming from tuberculosis.

The Fogerty brothers began playing music as junior high school students in El Cerrito, in Northern California. Their band used the names Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets, Golliwogs and, ultimately, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The foursome sold more than 86 million records, with eight Top 10 singles and six gold albums. Among their hits were “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Travelin’ Band” and “Green River.”

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Tom Fogerty, the rhythm guitarist, left the band in February, 1971, saying he wanted to spend more time with his wife and children in Arizona.

The remaining members--lead singer and guitarist John Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford--continued as a trio until disbanding in October, 1972.

Tom later worked as a solo artist, recording the single “Joyful Resurrection” and several albums.

Fogerty is survived by his wife, Tricia, six children and four brothers.


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