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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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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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ssmyth2124
Amazing
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dadleh.boys
one of the all time greats, timeless
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CCR is a great band! I love this song!
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Green river, play it
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Immigrant song
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davec48183
Good
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Maybe it's better that someday never comes. some things left better unsaid
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Maybe someday never does come
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CREEDENCE IS TRUE CLASIC
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owen hart is getting a dvd
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Az rocks
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We Rock,AZ.
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Good stuff
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If you remember the Vietnam war then you gotta love CCR's Fortunate Son from Willy And The Poor Boys. Bi**hin song.
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slatts52
Sorry I don't mean f u
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i love all the above artist, my main passion is the classic country.
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tony.hillbru n e r
As I am getting older, I appreciate CCR even more
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C. C. R. Rules. Still sum of the best music ever put out. Thank you. C. C. R
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suefrankdahl
yeah, sex, drugs, rock n roll
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Best years of my life ,life was great no complication s , e a s y going,good music great women good times
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States
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I'm 32 and can't stand hip hop(just my preference). I wasn't even alive In the 70's but there's nothing like this music. Its gives you an amazing feeling.
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60s and 70s was the time and greatest music... I life in a time warp of 60s good weed, beer and great sex.. Not like today.
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What turtle says is f**ked up
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Thats f**ked up every dam time hear this song think of Walgreen' s commwrcial
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bernice5256
Memeries keep on trucking
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John, call me I've got your next hit!
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Born on the Bayou my favorite
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Hee hee, saw John Fogerty in concert with a friend last night 6.6.15 in Hawaii. Pretty good, his son was also there playing on stage along side him.
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Love it
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CCR
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The best year for credence 1969 and for me too
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Love This Song
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Run through the jungle!
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I love this song! Thank god for the great songs of the 70s.
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.i
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i'd like to have some of those drugs Fogerty was on
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Picnic
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You don't need a penny!��
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Fortunate son was about President Bush Junior and his daddy."I'm not no sinitor's son" . It kept jr out of Vietnam
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Fortunate Son reminds me of the Vietnam War Peace
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Just awesome! Who else sounds like this? No one.
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dendaily
Saw Fogerty last Summer at the beach. Amazing!
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Chase'n down a who doo there
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Do it do it do it do it...
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