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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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what happened to the rest of the f**kin song
Love his voice! When did Pandora stop putting the words?
Rain is beautiful; it is life
Good morning CCR & me lol
Love him !!!
mcmbrwn
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day 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 lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Road trip song!
from Boston ccr the bayou. is king to me
I know how to throw smoke . (*)(*)
Hey hey
ccr is the best in the business. I love there music
Excellent point, blueyedmom00 7 ! ! !
Not many songs, b4 or since, have held up like this 1-----I never tire of it either!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
blueyedmom00 7
I love this version. CCR really rocked. Played this song many many times. Never got tired of it. Now this is music.
so many memories
I love the song!
Enjoy the music not post s**t about random things
Love this song, my mom used to play it in the car all the time. Know all the words by heart
Makes me drift in thought ;)
Not to be that guy but for some reason I can't jam out to this band
Rock on!
Just enjoy the damn music. Please
omg this really works, put this on at least 5 songs....... . . jk why the heck do people keep posting this crap?
So stupid to post this crap! Enjoy the music!
Don't read this because it actually works, you will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2days. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary
Off a good album
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Don't read this because it actually works. U will b kissed on the nearest Friday by the the love of ur life. However if u don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now u have started reading on this don't stop this is so scary. Put this on at least five songs in the 143 minutes. When done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so crazy cuz if actually works

I love my music forget all that your gonna die s**t I will leave this world rock in.... And my God will laugh...
Best song by creedence Clearwater revival
All day ,& night
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.

Long as I can see the light....... . . : (
Got another CCR
great band,kick a** songs
remids me of nam
Love the long play lets make love in a hay stack and jump in the river for seconds.
nicolatte17
Cali love ccrrrrr
I always thought that Bad Moon Rising was a perfect end-of-the-w o r l d song.
This song is the most perfect song to compare to the saying;histo r y repeats itself!! S**t ain't that the truth, all the blue collar workers thrown to the front of the line during a war cuz...ther no fortunate son--it ain't me!!! Being of the greatest rock music!!!
tmcclcdc
I Love P**sy!!!!
If you don't like John Fogerty I think you're a BIG P**SY!!
Don't read this because it actually works. U will b kissed on the nearest Friday by the the love of ur life. However if u don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now u have started reading on this don't stop this is so scary. Put this on at least five songs in the 143 minutes. When done press f6 and ur lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so crazy cuz if actually works
I love this song by CCR. It's so catchy! Thanks John Fogerty.
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