Sunday, March 08, 2009

March 1969 and lots of CCR on the radio!

(From left to right: John, Doug, Tom and Stu)


In March 1969, The Beatles were still enjoying the success of the so called "White Album".

The Rolling Stones had released "Beggar's Banquet", one of their best LPs. Later in the summer of 1969, they'd release "Honky Tonk Women", one of their best songs ever.

The Bee Gees were about to release "Odessa", a great album that included "First of May" and the lovely title song.

Add Creedence Clearwater Revival to the radio playlist. Everybody called them CCR because their name was too long!

CCR was:

"John Fogerty--lead guitar and vocals
(brother) Tom Fogerty--guitar
Stu Cook--bass
Doug Clifford--drums"

Their sound:

"brought things back to their roots with their concise synthesis of rockabilly, swamp pop, R&B, and country.

Though CCR was very much a group 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."

Their sound was their sound. You could always tell that it was John Fogerty's vocals and CCR's sound.

In the spring and early summer of 1969, CCR started a long streak of hit songs. It culminated with "Cosmo's Factory", one of my favorite rock LP's.

"Proud Mary" was a song about going up and down on The Mississippi River. I always think of this song when I cross the river.

It was also the song that put CCR on the top of the charts. It was a very long "stay" because CCR became a very popular band:

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"Left a good job in the city,
Workin' for The Man ev'ry night and day,
And I never lost one minute of sleepin',
Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been.

Big wheel keep on turnin',
Proud Mary keep on burnin',
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis,
Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans,
But I never saw the good side of the city,
'Til I hitched a ride on a river boat queen.

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river.

If you come down to the river,
Bet you gonna find some people who live.
You don't have to worry 'cause you have no money,
People on the river are happy to give.

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river....."

John Fogerty went solo in the 1970's. His best solo recording is "Centerfield". However, he was never able to enjoy the kind of success that he had with brother Tom, Stu and Doug!

Great band!

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