|Creedence Clearwater Revival|
Years: 1967 - 1972
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Pop Rock, Southern Rock
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)
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 „Lodi” and 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.
From passionate politiscism of „Fortunate Son” to 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 released „Cosmo’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
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