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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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Thanks for the oldie music and thanks to all my who are not here any more you all know who you are the breeze 1955 Lincoln Nebraska 68521
LOVE PANDORA !
Love it
Thanks for the 60s and 70s rock music!
This song is so old
NICE SONG...
Yes
Suzie Q is the girl Yamcha had sex with instead of bulma
avalentine06
Makes me think of my granddad. Wonderful man.
How could you ( not) sing along with this treasure ! Sooo good
maharet13
Creedence baby! Nolthing like CCR.
There's a bad moon on the rise! Love this song and CCR!
Every time I hear this song. I think of the movie An American Werirwolf in London.
Can't get enough CCR
Born On The Bayou - love this song!!
rsantini3
NOTHING COMPARES TO THE OLDIES!!
Whenever I hear this song, I'm reminded of stargate SG-1. The series finale was the best in my life time.
Lodi, OHIO also south of Cleveland
Follow for follow (www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m )
Log fire = rain
fisherstiger s
Used to be kind of pale out my back door..., but not anymore.
kevin-burns9
C c r johnfogerty hits a grand slam with fortunate son!!!what quick smashing song!!!pkb45
Oooh Yeaahh!
I'm jamming my drums to this song right now! Cheers to CCR!
all
99robodude
Fortunate son amazing song
But listen to it again an it has a much deeper meaning when you here what he says but all in all love CCR
I love this song! John Fogerty is a great songwriter. Songs aren't the same like in the 60s, 70s.
kevin-burns9
John excellant words love this great song Lodi!!!pkb45
Lodi: Is in California. LODI USED TO BE BIKER COUNTRY. I DONT' KNOW WHAT IT IS NOW.
<3
LOVE THE CCR
Hell yeah
That's what I'm talking about.
Absolutely ♡ CCR....one of the most amazing bands EVER
All we listened too I'm afgan !! Happy veterans day !
Dhdariye
feel good, kick back music - CCR rocks!
Love this band rock on Creedence Clearwater !!!
Amazing
Doper than my opium needle
Song this at a party in the early 80s good days to remember
Easy going music, CCR represented this. This is a great song!
Do not read this because it actually works, now you have started reading this but you could turn away at any time because I have no control over you and neither does this comment. Say the name of the song you are listening to 5 times in a row then punch yourself in the face as hard as you can until you bleed, your face will start to hurt. DON'T DO THIS BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS IT'S SO SCARY.
don't ever stop the special,dude s , r o c k ,
ccr is alright in my book. what about yours?
dont read this because this actually works. you will be kissed by your lover on the nearest friday. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. now that you are reading this dont stop. post this on 5 songs in 143 minuites. then press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters. this is so scary it actually worksdont read this before. it works
teenriley
Is awesome
Love them
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