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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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sas11ad
whoever posted that is silly but gotta do it....lol
sas11ad
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 lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
these guys are great!!
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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. 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
Follow me and I will follow you back!!
utest20
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When people talk about late 60's rock & roll they seem to forget about CCR who IMO is 1 of the greatest bands of that era
have you ever seen the rain is probably my favorite song by ccr
masonla
yes reminds me of Nam, its sad no body remembers Nam that's why we get into Wars like Iraq
fjf460
beach music ?
joykennedy9
No s*%$@* man. I mentioned Vietnam in front of a 16yr. old & they'd never heard of it! SAD!
Man this reminds a lot of vietnam.
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i just heard this song on the radio earlier today
C C R ... What else !?!
lovely_rita
Kiss your hand 5 times and post this song on 2 other songs and you will find a pink iPod under your pillow
Finest picker to ever sing the blues.
Who sings Curtis Low?
dmwiegand
Oinmk
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 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 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.
Lol great music.
Repost this or else absolutely nothing will happen but if you do than you are going to beat life and have any girl you want but actually don't, chain comments are dumb so stop.
Murrica!!!
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sholland57
Sup
John Fogerty wrote most the songs....... m o s t singers have a group of people that write songs for them....
I think credence Clearwater is awesome but real fun to play on the guitar
I totally agree with you AwesomeJake6 9 ! Why is my handle coming up as some other name? That's strange lol When my kids were little, and I was younger (Ha), us grownups would be jamming on the weekends! Oh yeah, CCR was definitely rocking, and the whole street knew we was there! :-) Those were the days, shew-wee... I'd sure love to go back in time, seems like it was only yesterday, but it's been a good 13 years, lol.
I totally agree with you AwesomeJake6 9 !
Creedence is the perfect blend of folk, rock, and blues.
wow that totaly do ( not ) suck dick ; )
CCR Rocks!
dun red dis if u red dis it mens u SHUT THE F**K UP
not a fan of creedance
niralimurthy
Love this song!
Follow me if you love Classic Rock ♡
the Adventurous Fellow 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 you life. However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on your screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works
keep on chooglin'
They just keep rockin
on't read this because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, bynthe love of your life. Tomorro w 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 this don't stop. This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will come up to the screen .This is so scary because it works.
josiah4wheel
Started listen at 10 still listen nat 16 the songs never get old!
First album I ever bought. Still have it. Still love it.
But all of it still is amazing music
I swear proud Mary is there only song over 3 minutes
man its grate to here that ccr is still rocken its so cool to know they are still here!!!!
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All Hail CCR
allways great
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