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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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Its crazy when my grandkids sing this song with me!!
Follow me and I will follow you back!
Down on the bayou just blew me away
Absolutely pionered their genre mixed type rock countries other r oka billy. Soul but something original and original
Kia Rapes your family
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One of the few bands from the U.S. that made it in Europe and the U.S.
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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 read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press F6 and your lover name will pop up on the screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
Walgreens, I hate you.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you 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 lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you 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 lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
I'm only thirteen and they play like really awesome
your love is fading I can feel it fading
I will put a candle in the window..so you can see the light.

I miss my hardworking Sparta when he's gone.
I'm a Happy Queen when he returns home.
hope to get to see them in Atlantic city tropicana casino
Still some of favorites; always will be. So many great artist that I grew up with.even my children know it. It will never get old
CCR born 'n bred! Great for dancing!
Saw John at Behel Woods last week.He's still the man!
My rain has been coming down since 12 am Sunday
castorena467
08/11/14- This song has true Meaning of My dad and I fishing and you showing your name on the wall drafted at such a young age.,Remembe r your My hero and best friend always.,reme m b e r your family and friends are always there for you know Matter what we love you (Dad) R.r.c. love M.r.c.
Give me bread
Follow me I will follow you back!
pooh_bear333 Me too, just recently. We had that song playing when I noticed. :)
Purrr
meow
I have seen the rain coming down on a sunny day.
Cool song
15 years old and, Nam took Michael Whitney away from me so if you are out there Michael I wish you peace find me please Petey would have approved. Iris
lmspeer69
Thank You K_K
That has nothing to do with CCR.
AUGUST 4TH IS CANADA’S Civic Holiday is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in most of Canada on the first Monday in August, though it is only officially known by that term by the governments of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba. ❦❧۵✿•♥•✿
Love these guys!!
carterlinda8 7 6
Gosh, toe kicking sand... a CCR I can relate to... who would've thought?
Could be a mono take, scott?
Susie Q just played with lead vocals suppressed? Strange but cool at the same time? What's up with that Pandora?
It's on Willy and the Poor Boys.
which album has midnight special on it ?
The Old Fogey is still goin' strong. Must be grape nuts.
This is a great version version of this song
lirope
the guy down the line in nam thank you
i love them too!
One of the best bands ever.
Lots of good times with ccr
I believe that whoever is reading my mind deserves a raise : )
One of my favorites to listen to when we are on our way to Mexico and seeing the south land of the Texas Plains
Not only C.C.R. rocks but how about this Eagles Radio they bring all of the greats back to us all every day thanks to them, < Peace to all >
;)
CCR also got me through Nam in 70-73 GB CCR
farmpup99
CCR got me through nam. ROLL TIDE.
BFBC2 VIETNAM
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