Creedence Clearwater Revival was a highly acclaimed rock band that became famous during the late 1960s First known as the Blue Velvets, the band became The Golliwogs in 1964 and was finally renamed Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967. The original lineup consisted of lead singer John Fogerty, his brother and guitarist Tom Fogerty (November 9, 1941 - September 6, 1990), Stu Cook (bass), and Doug Clifford (drums). Tom Fogerty left in 1971, and CCR continued on as a trio until their eventual breakup in 1972.
Creedence Clearwater Revival debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in late 1968 with "Suzie Q. (Part One)," and the band's popularity took off in early 1969 with "Proud Mary," which later also became a big hit for Ike & Tina Turner. CCR's best known songs also include "Bad Moon Rising" (1969), "Green River" (1969), "Fortunate Son" (1969), "Lookin' Out My Back Door" (1970), and "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" (1971). John Fogerty wrote most of the music for CCR, and the band's string of hits continued through 1976. (CCR's final charting song, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" (1976), a cover of the Motown classic as previously made famous by Gladys Knight & The Pips and Marvin Gaye, came from the band's 1970 album, "Cosmo's Factory.")
Creedence Clearwater Revival had a unique sound that came from John Fogerty's powerful lead vocals and the band's unique fusion of Southern rock, country, rockabilly, R&B, and swamp pop. Although CCR was relatively short-lived, their music remains an indelible part of pop culture and a regular staple on oldies radio stations. CCR was ranked at #82 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest artists of all time, and in 1993, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Bad Moon Rising 1969
- Commotion 1969
- Down On The Corner 1969
- Fortunate Son 1969
- Green River 1969
- Have You Ever Seen The Rain 1971
- Lookin' Out My Back Door 1970
- Proud Mary 1969
(This song also became a hit for Solomon Burke (1969), Checkmates, Ltd. (1969), and Ike & Tina Turner (1971).)
- Someday Never Comes 1972
- Suzie Q. (Part One) 1968
(This song was previously a hit for Dale Hawkins (1957) and later also became a hit for Jose Feliciano (1970).)
- Sweet Hitch-Hiker 1971
- Travelin' Band 1970
- Up Around The Bend 1970
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