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Creedence Clearwater Revival
United States

Years: 1967 - 1972
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Pop Rock, Southern Rock

Founder

Tom Fogerty - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1971)
John Fogerty - Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1972)
Stu Cook - Bass Guitar (in band: 1967 - 1972)
Doug Clifford - Drums (in band: 1967 - 1972)

Biography

RockBoar.com Picture     Formed in El Cerrito, California, USA in late 1959 as schoolgroup The Blue Velvets by John Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. John soon invited other multi-instrumentalist and brother Tom.

     After one 45 on a local label, they become The Golliwogs in 1964 and signed to label Fantasy, where Tom was working as a clerk. The Brown Eyed Girl single was a moderate success although subsequent releases stiffed. Following Doug and John’s compulsory spell in the forces (no hippy draft dodging for these guys!) the group became Creedence Clearwater Revival, releasing their debut single, an inspired cover of Suzie Q, un September ’68.

     A top 20 hit, it was clearly followed by another cover, Screamin Jay Hawkins’ „I Put A Spell On You(1968) and a self-titled debut album the following year. Despite hailing from Berkeley in California, Creedence, or at least John Fogerty lived and breathed a Southern fantasy of „Backwood Bayous”, „Cajun Queens” and „Hoodoos” (eh?!). This was swamp R&B of the rootsiest pedigree, utilisinga simple but stunningly effective hybrid of raw rock’n’roll, country and blues. Fogerty’s voice was an instrument in it’s own right, a life-affirming bellow that equalled Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding for soulfulness and if his early classics fail to send a shiver up your spine, it’d be an idea to check your pulse. The man was also blessed with ability to write insanely catchy songs which were nevertheless steeped in Southern authenticity.

     Proud Mary / Born On The Bayou(1969) was the first in an avalanche of hits that saw Creedence become one of the world’s biggest selling bands during their heyday of 69-70. The classic Green River(1969) spawned perhaps their best known track, the apocalyptic swamp-pop of Bad Moon Rising as well as the poignant country soul of Lodiand the blistering title track. Down On the Corner(1970) kept up the run of hit singles while Willy And The Poor Boys(1970) remains the definitive CCR album.

RockBoar.com Picture     From passionate politiscism of Fortunate Sonto the desolate strangeness of Effigy, the album ran the gamut of the band’s influences. There was no stopping the profilic Fogerty at this point and a mere six months later the band releasedCosmo’s Factory(1970). Coming within a whisker og its predecessor, the album produced the top ten hits Travellin’ Band(1970), Up Around The Bend(1970) and Long As I Can See The Light(1970) as well as their driving cover of Marvin Gaye’s „I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

     While Pendulum(1971) was slated as a disappointment, in nevertheless held nuggets like the gorgeous Have You Ever Seen The Rain and the rousing Hey Tonight. By this point, however, internal disputes were rife and Tom left for a solo career a month after the album’s release. Pared down to a trio, CCR cut a final studio album, Mardi Gras(1971) before splitting in 1973. John released his first solo outing the same year, a collection of purist country under the Blue Ridgerangers moniker, following it up with „John Fogerty” in 1975. While the album contained the Fogerty’s classics, „Rockin’ All Over The World” and „Almost Saturday Night”, and his voice was still incredible, his earlier songwriting sharpness sounded blunted.


     The Great Rock Discography - Martin C.Strong, 1st Edition, Publisher: Crown Publishers, ISBN-10: 0812931114, p. 172


Albums

Creedence Clearwater Revival (Jul 5, 1968)
Bayou Country (Jan 5, 1969)
Green River (Aug 3, 1969)
Willy and the Poor Boys (Nov 2, 1969)
Cosmo's Factory (Jul 25, 1970)
Pendulum (Dec 7, 1970)
Mardi Gras (Apr 11, 1972)

Singles & EPs

Porterville (Feb, 1968)
Suzie Q (Part 1) / Suzie Q (Part 2) (Jun 15, 1968)
I Put a Spell on You / Walk on the Water (Oct, 1968)
Proud Mary / Born on the Bayou (Jan 15, 1969)
Bad Moon Rising / Lodi (Apr 15, 1969)
Green River / Commotion (Jul, 1969)
Down on the Corner / Fortunate Son (Sep 19, 1969)
Travelin' Band / Who'll Stop the Rain (Jan 2, 1970)
Up Around the Bend / Run Through the Jungle (Apr, 1970)
Lookin' Out My Back Door / Long as I Can See the Light (Jul, 1970)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain / Hey Tonight (Jan, 1971)
Sweet Hitch-Hiker / Door to Door (Jun 30, 1971)
Molina / Sailor's Lament (Oct, 1972)
I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1975)

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