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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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Loving it!MsDe
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I will pass on golgo 13 Queen bee. you can watch t on youtube.
I'm the only one in the family of at least 50, the team of 15, who listen to music like this thats true and has meaning behind it
Sing it Bro
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Good morning, Susie Q
They just dont make it like this anymore
My dad passed it on and when I have kids I will pass it on to them
I am only 10 years old and I am in 1900 music
renj821
I'm in rock heaven!
Greatest !
Meh. They're okay I guess. My Chemical Romance is still better though.
Love this song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Perhaps my favorite CCR album!
great musikkkkkkkk k
mrh19657
Born on the Bayou, perhaps my favorite song! Play it again!
like it but seems depressing tho. still good song
Very nice music!!
U play it & we listen. CCR all day, night.
desiree.whee l e r
Bad Moon Rising, my Mama loved this song. RIP Mama love you
Cool
This is weed weather
Thks, CCR another favorite of mine
This is a long song I agree
I Heard it through The Grapevine... m y CCR favorite!
david1954.dd 7
Not one of my favorites
Damn this is a long a** song
The dancing raisins they put this to music in a commercial
Proud Mary: I have been truly humbled. In so many ways.
dragonlady60 8 8
go troops....st a y safe...."""" " ! ! ! ! !
dragonlady60 8 8
Ccr.....rock s
Remebering some of them tunes driving boat on river in Port Charotte , Fl and going into Hamilton Locks, lots of fun camping and sking
WTF guys pot is illegal
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This is good stuff let smoke some Pot
Wave the red white and blue
Yay
rickjohnson5 3 0
Tom pety
I bet after listening to CCR. Kid from the 1900's. Ur not listening to that music much? From the 1900's that is !!!!!
My dad passed CCR along to me and I will pass them along to my youngsters if I am so blessed someday..
Saaang it John!
Charleston. Say sorry
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Hello Kid From the 1900's
I am a kid that is in 1900 music
I am amid that loves 1900 music
My dad told me there is good music in the word
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