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Creedence Clearwater Revival

At a time when rock was evolving away from the forces that had made the music possible in the first place, Creedence Clearwater Revival brought things back to their roots with their concise synthesis of rockabilly, swamp pop, R&B, and country. Though the music of CCR was very much a group effort in their tight, punchy arrangements, their vision was very much singer, songwriter, guitarist, and leader John Fogerty's. Fogerty's classic compositions for Creedence both evoked enduring images of Americana and reflected burning social issues of the day. The band's genius was their ability to accomplish this with the economic, primal power of a classic rockabilly ensemble.

The key elements of Creedence had been woodshedding in bar bands for about a decade before their breakthrough to national success in the late '60s. John's older brother Tom formed the Blue Velvets in the late '50s in El Cerrito, California, a tiny suburb across the bay from San Francisco. By the mid-'60s, with a few hopelessly obscure recordings under their belt, the band -- including Tom and John with two high-school friends, drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook -- signed to Fantasy, releasing several singles as the Golliwogs that went nowhere. In fact, there's little promise to be found on those early efforts; they were extremely derivative of the British Invasion and other R&B and rock trends of the day, with few hints of the swampy roots rock that would characterize CCR. The group only found themselves when John took firm reins over the band's direction, singing and writing virtually all of their material.

On their first album, 1968's Creedence Clearwater Revival, the group played it both ways, offering extended, quasi-psychedelic workouts of the '50s classics "I Put a Spell on You" and "Suzie-Q." The latter song became their first big hit, but the band didn't really bloom until "Proud Mary," a number two single in early 1969 that demonstrated John's talent at tapping into Southern roots music and imagery with a natural ease. It was the start of a torrent of classic hits from the gritty, Little Richard-inspired singer over the next two years, including "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Up Around the Bend," and "Lookin' Out My Back Door."

Creedence also made good albums -- Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, and Cosmo's Factory all rank among the best of the rock era -- but their true forte was as a singles band. When the Beatles broke up in early 1970, CCR was the only other act that provided any competition in the fine art of crafting bold, super-catchy artistic statements that soared to the upper reaches of the charts every three or four months. Although they hailed from the San Francisco area, they rarely succumbed to the psychedelic indulgences of the era. John Fogerty also proved adept at voicing the concerns of the working class in songs like "Fortunate Son," as well as partying with as much funk as any white rock band would muster on "Travelin' Band" and "Down on the Corner."

With John Fogerty holding such a strong upper hand, Creedence couldn't be said to have been a democratic unit, and Fogerty's dominance was to sow the seeds of the group's quick dissolution. Tom Fogerty left in 1971 (recording a few unremarkable solo albums of his own), reducing the band to a trio. John allowed drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook equal shares of songwriting and vocal time on the group's final album, Mardi Gras (1972), which proved conclusively that Fogerty's songs and singing were necessary to raise CCR above journeyman status.

It was John Fogerty, of course, who produced the only notable work after the quartet broke up. Even his solo outings, though, were erratic and, for nearly ten years, nonexistent as he became embroiled in a web of business disputes with Fantasy Records. His 1984 album Centerfield proved he could still rock in the vintage Creedence mode when the spirit moved him, but Tom Fogerty's death in 1990 ended any hopes of a CCR reunion with the original members intact. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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do you have this on a portable device
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Great group
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Clearwater got love for too.
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Love ccr man
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I �� CCR
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my mom and I are going to see the wwf on august 1st
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Lyrics is back ...
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snowwhite276 3
Love this music, makes me relax and think of all my old friends in the days of my youth!
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CCR sooths my soul. My dad who died over 6 years ago and was his favorite
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BEST BAND IN THE WORLD...
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⚡️♣️⚡️❤️⚡️♠️
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CCR tom petty and pink Floyd are the best!!!!
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I love me some CCR and both of my daughter's like them as well as other oldies!!
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Will you please stop playing CCR on any of my channels. It's not me.
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Bad company
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Your grand father sounds like cool guy
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only 4 bands/ musicians allowed in my Grandpa's truck:
CCR
Merle Haggard
Johnny Cash
Janis Joplin
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anything else and he would just shut off the stereo..... RIP. I miss that old man....
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Wow! What a great song and group! I started listening to them in the 1970s and 40 plus years later I still enjoy their songs. Thanks CCR!
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archieoldboy ,ur DAD has good taste in music!!!!!!! Now u also!!!!!!!! That's how we pass it on. As I did my son. He's 31.
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used to travel with my dad when I was young. I was born in 82'. fortunately he loved ccr. theyre top 5 bands ever for me.
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Seen rain
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freyguy17
I was 12 in 72. Too young to see the band play. Timing is everything.
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This is one of the most greatest bands. I grew up with CCR and lve had the chance to see John Fogerty play live in Little Rock Arkansas l think he opened for Lynyrd Skyryd when his set was over he got on his bus to leave and l was walking by as they were backing up they would backup stop and backup again there was a fence there and l guess he was not to sure how close he was or could he back up more so my being from the south we all help one another so l started wavering the bus driver back to w
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CCR Rocks Forever
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born on the bayou and still running down the hoodoo there!
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Haohmaroufth e w i n d , I ' l l bet you'd rather be listening to Iron Maiden or Judas Priest.Just a wild guess,am I right? You're like the boy next door,if I lived next to a meth lab.
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C.C.R. ROCKS IT OUT! ! !
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To Delanie Steeley5 - The song your talking about..."Old Man" is sung by Neil Young.
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I love John Fogerty! He sings like an angel.
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does anyone know how to get ole man? u know oleman take alook at my life
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CCR, nuff said JOHN FOGERTY. WOW!!!!!
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Beegees
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I have seen the rain and that is a great song
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My hero's CCR favor love bruno
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Rain is life
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Born on a Bayou baby! this Bayou born man digs CCR!
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Greatest American band EVER ! Only The Beatles had a better 3 year run. 68 THRU 1970 nobody could come close to CCR, they made it COOL to wear LEVI 501's and a flannel shirt, SO many GREAT songs in 3 years. Thank You ! John Fogerty, Keep On Chooglin'
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CCR nailed the anti-war sentiment with Fortunate Son. Screw the war and love the song.
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There is nothing like credence clear water revival. Truly a great band.
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this annoys me I want to hear a certain song not one like it ARRRGHH
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Oh lordy
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Follow me and I will follow you back!
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Long as I can see the light
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Id say hippies have trouble spelling. Maybe bad drugs. HAHA, just messing with ya .
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I LOVE THE REAL CLASSIC ROCKS AND THOSE THAT CANT SEEM TO GET IT ARE TO YOUNG TO APPETITE IT!!?? HIPPIES STILL RULE
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One of the all time great band a classic.
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Amazing
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