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Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival (often abbreviated CCR) was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums.

The group consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed rock and roll and swamp rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they are sometimes also cited as southern rock stylists.

CCR’s music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

History

Before Creedence: 1959-1967

John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook (all born 1945) met in junior high school in El Cerrito, California and began playing instrumentals and “juke box standards” together under the name The Blue Velvets. The trio also backed singer Tom Fogerty— John’s older brother by three years—at live gigs and in the recording studio. By 1964, the band had signed to Fantasy Records, an independent jazz label based in San Francisco at the time.

Fantasy had released Cast Your Fate to the Wind, a national hit for jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. The record’s success was the subject of an NET TV special, which prompted budding songwriter John Fogerty to contact the label. For the band’s first release, however, Fantasy co-owner Max Weiss renamed the group The Golliwogs (after the children’s literary character, Golliwogg), apparently to cash in on a wave of popular British bands with similar names.

During this period, band roles underwent some changes. Stu Cook had gone from piano to bass guitar and Tom Fogerty became the band’s rhythm guitarist. John Fogerty also began to write much of the band’s material. Most notably, the young guitarist had taken over lead vocal duty. As Tom would later say, “I could sing, but John had a sound!”

Discography

Studio Albums

1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/creedence-clearwater-revival-creedence-clearwater-revival/

1969 Bayou Country – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/creedence-clearwater-revival-bayou-country/

1969 Green River – Coming soon 11/12/2016

Pendulum – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/creedence-clearwater-revival-pendulum/

Live Albums

Creedence Clearwater Revisted – Recollection – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/creedence-clearwater-revisted-recollection/

Compilations

At The Movies – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/creedence-clearwater-revival-at-the-movies/

More Creedence Gold – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/creedence-clearwater-revival-more-creedence-gold/

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