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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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cuffychamber l a i n
I don't like Credance and do not know why they always come up on my feed.
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The best year for credence 1969 and for me too. What a year was a lot memory.
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follow for follow
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CCR,PBR,R&R oh yeah.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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Put me in coach
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That was a good song!!!!!
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The revival ended whenvance can't danve
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Having a bad day, your job sucks, puppy ran away, wife/husband problems.... Turn on CCR!!!!! Your life just got a bunch better!!!!!! ! ! ! Try it, can't hurt.
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CCR ABIG PART OF MY LIFE STILL ARE SOULFUL RAW TRUTH
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i only know the lyrics to one of creedence clearwater revial songs...neve r even heard it turned up and rocked out.
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Very spiritual band
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middlebrooks 1 1 2
In a time when y'all had a hell of a time keeping it all together
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Extramly good band
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19 and love them :D
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One of the few bands who had both songs on a 45 that were worth listening to.
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Some one told me long ago that these guys are one of the best I KNOW that it is defiantly true
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Tommy has a point. The bio makes no mention of Fogerty's legal history.
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I can't play this music in front of my dad or his brothers they will have 3d flashback of the Vietnam war.
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Fortunate Son. Wow! Fogarty's vocals can peel paint of a wall.

I had the pleasure in 1990, summer of, or was it 1991?, of spending 5 days at Stanford University with Doug Clifford and other high school Activity Directors in a yearly conference for teachers in our position. What a great guy! Everyone was.
Doug has earned every penny since his CCR days slaving in the Vineyards of Liberty (High School) right here on the front lines.
I'm retiring myself this year, after 29 years at it.
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C. C. R #1
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The band of the Vietnam era, thank you creedence clearwater
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Midnight special, shine it's ever loven light on me
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Love CCR I Heard It Through The Grapevine!
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lacoustarobi n s o n 6
Credence is the bomb.
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Walgreens has ruined this song for me. Damn you Walgreens!
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who will stop the rain
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John fogerty made c c r the best. My hats. Off to the man. He one hell of a song writer.! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Back for little dose
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Love all of CCR'S music ! Takes me back to my younger days !!
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electric light orchestra
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Always be down on the corner
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Say ur name
Pick a day of the week
Post this on 15 different songs and
ur crush will ask u out on that day
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tommy15187
This bio is a travesty. John Fogerty made zero off the songs. He was not even allowed to sing them. He signed a bad contract and the record company screwed him. When he did finally performed, The record company sued him for sounding like John Fogerty He finally got to sing his songs, when the record company sold to Sony. As for Bayou Country, the other members of the Band insisted on recording their songs. John Fogerty, Ronnie Van Zandt and Jim Morrison, greatest song writers ever.
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The very definition of classic rock. "Up Around the Bend" the best.
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OH YEAH
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Stop forgetting revival
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I love CCR. My favorite of theirs would probably be bad moon rising.
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cuffychamber l a i n
not a big fan of creedence
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Love creedence!
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LOOOVE Creedence Clearwater!

Don't read this because. It actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your Life.however if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days .now you started Reading this,so dont stop.this is so scary.put this in 5 songs in 143 minutes. When. You're done press f6 and your lovers name will come out on the screen in big. Letters

Srry guys
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I'll take some CCR. Any Time!!!!!!
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Love this generation music !
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YEAH BORN ON THE BAYOU U JUS CANT GO WRONG WIT CCR PERIOD!!
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tripp.ben1
Good old style music enjoyable to listen to as a break from all the modern craziness
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shawnalynn88
CCR one of the best group of artist ever. Amazing
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Love the song "Down on the corner." CCR rules.
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Mom introduced when I was a kid. Love it.
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I'm with beking64 all the way ��
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Love me some CCR
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