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TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)- 1969
Reaganite Republican ^ | April 8, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 04/08/2011 12:18:05 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican

John Fogerty: "I always used to say that I wanted to make 
records that they would still play on the radio ten years..."



In a similar way to LA blues-rock legends Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival featured a down-on-the-bayou southern theme (more of a swamp-rock in CCR's case) that bravely diverged from the California fashion of the day. But they managed to break loose from the Bay Area's dominant Haight-Ashbury psychedelic scene to create a band loyal to American rock n roll's roots. Also like Topanga Canyon based Canned Heat, they came across as quite authentic in the southern-style... and were real, real good.

The band's origins go back as far as 1959 as "The Blue Velvets", and by 1964 they recorded (unsuccessfully) as "The Golliwogs". But after a much-needed name change, CCR was was touring and rehearsing full-time upon two members' completion of military service in 1968.  

Based around the Fogerty brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revival was known for both covers and originals in their distinct rough-around-the-edges working class style, and featuring the gripping, powerful vocals of John Fogerty, who also did most of the group's writing. They drew inspiration from 1950s rock n roll (and country) legends like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Hank Williams, and CCR's popularity grew through the 1972 breakup. Highly influential and considered by most to be one of the all time great American rock bands, they were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

FM radio staples then and today include "I Put a Spell on You", "Born on the Bayou", "Good Golly, Miss Molly", "Green River", "Bad Moon Rising", "Down on the Corner", "It Came Out of the Sky", "Cotton Fields", "The Night Time is the Right Time", "Midnight Special", "Fortunate Son", "Travelin' Band", "Looking Out My Back Door", "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", "Long as I Can See the Light", "Who'll Stop the Rain", "Pagan Baby", "Have You Ever Seen the Rain", "Someday Never Comes", and "Sweet Hitch-hiker". 

Small wonder then that CCR has sold 
26M records in the United States alone...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: 
It Came Out of the Sky - 1969


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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: music; oldies; rock; video

1 posted on 04/08/2011 12:18:11 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Honolulu, Blaisdell Arena, in 1969...front row seat. (Of course, as a radio DJ they were free tickets.) Favorite CCR song? “Fortunate Son”
2 posted on 04/08/2011 12:21:50 PM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I don't know who a CCR is. My mother would only let me buy one record when I was a kid.

He is still popular now with the kids now a days, isn't he?

3 posted on 04/08/2011 12:23:54 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: JPG

You’re blessed, JPG

I never saw ‘em...


4 posted on 04/08/2011 12:32:14 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

A guy who is a DJ told me never to purchase one of their albums because they were ripped off by record industry suits and they got almost nothing from the profits.


5 posted on 04/08/2011 12:32:52 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: Lazlo in PA

Are you being sarcastic about “still popular with the kids”, or is he up to something these days...?

I forgot all about poor Bobby lol


6 posted on 04/08/2011 12:35:26 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
Bobby's record was the only music I got to hear. The only radio we had was in the Mercury Montego and my dad was such a panic freak he only let us listen to the Civil Defense frequencies on the AM dial. Chaos could break out at a moments notice don'tcha know.


7 posted on 04/08/2011 12:42:17 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

LOLOLOL


8 posted on 04/08/2011 12:43:37 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: JPG

One of mine. “Long as I can see the light” is another. As well as “Who’ll stop the rain”.


9 posted on 04/08/2011 12:44:24 PM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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To: bkepley

Yep, Saul Zaenz. Fogerty even wrote a song about him on the Centerfield album called “Zanz Can’t Dance”

The record company forced Fogerty to change the title to “Vanz Can’t Dance.”


10 posted on 04/08/2011 12:45:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bkepley

That reminds me about 25 years ago when CCR music was making a comeback, the band wanted to start touring again, cashing in. John Fogerty sued the band because he said that all the songs were his and they couldn’t play them. It got real ugly. I got the impression back then that Fogerty was a real greedy guy.


11 posted on 04/08/2011 12:47:33 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: bkepley

What I read was when they broke up before the end of the contract (and 8 albums shy!), John Fogerty -who sang/played guitar/and did most of the writing- had to give up rights to his own songs to get out of the contract.

So when he did his new solo song “Old Man Down the Road”, the label said the music was identical to Creedence’s “run through the Jungle”... which it pretty much was.

So Fogerty was basically charged with plagerizing his own earlier work... yeah, it sounds like he didn’t get a very clean deal. But Fogerty’s the one who broke the contract... so not so cut and dry imo


12 posted on 04/08/2011 12:50:14 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

They don’t come more to the left than Fogerty.


13 posted on 04/08/2011 12:50:41 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Favorite CCR Tunes:

1) Born on a Bayou
2) Effigy
3) Bad Moon Rising
4) Fortunate Son
5) Lodi


14 posted on 04/08/2011 12:53:37 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Lazlo in PA

I think part of that is he had a self imposed ban on playing CCR songs on principle, so he sure didn’t want residual band members doing it.

The story goes Dylan almost forced him to at an LA show where they played onstage together... he told him to “Play Proud Mary or the world will always think it’s Tina Turner’s song”- or words to that effect, so Fogerty broke his self ban

He had troubled getting out of the CCR contract, David Geffen bought him out of it... but the old label were tough about keeping the rights he forked over to get out


15 posted on 04/08/2011 12:54:07 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Lazlo in PA

That looks like Bobby Jindal...


16 posted on 04/08/2011 12:57:24 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Terry Mross

I totally and completely separate politics from favored musicians... or I would have almost nothing left to listen to. Actually, as a fan of Clapton, Richards, and Joplin it seems most of my faves are not only unabashed Leftists, but junkies too lol

The exception might be the really obnoxious anti-Bush musicians of 2004... whom Alice Cooper called “treasonous morons”... I found what they were saying pretty close to that


17 posted on 04/08/2011 1:00:14 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: ken5050

Half Jindal, half Martian if you ask me

Odd looking little guy


18 posted on 04/08/2011 1:01:34 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Lazlo in PA
He is still popular now with the kids now a days, isn't he?

Oh yeah, I saw a bunch of youths in the Mosh Pit, moshing to 'Watching Scotty Grow.'

19 posted on 04/08/2011 1:03:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ken5050

Goldsboro was his stage name in the 60’s and 70’s.


20 posted on 04/08/2011 1:03:41 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: dfwgator

Zanz used his profits to finance production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The English Patient”

But he also talked all of CCR to put their life savings in a Bahamas bank that went belly up... they lost almost everything, that’s where the record company really screwed them


21 posted on 04/08/2011 1:11:10 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2smDXr13EJE


22 posted on 04/08/2011 1:12:07 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: JPG

I was at the Blaisdell in 1970 for the John Mayall & Youngbloods 4 hour concert. Were you at this one too?


23 posted on 04/08/2011 1:19:25 PM PDT by jobim
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To: Reaganite Republican

24 posted on 04/08/2011 1:19:29 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: jobim
Nope, missed that...were you there for Jethro Tull? How bout Hendricks and Joplin at the Waikiki Shell? I caught ‘em all.
25 posted on 04/08/2011 1:26:22 PM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Funny thing about CCR (or rather me): For ages I thought The Hollies’ ‘Long Cool Woman’ was by CCR. Oh well...


26 posted on 04/08/2011 1:29:51 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Reaganite Republican; BluesDuke

CCR may very well be my favorite rock group of all time, either them or the Beatles.


27 posted on 04/08/2011 1:38:44 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ChADh1zt5I


28 posted on 04/08/2011 1:46:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Reaganite Republican


29 posted on 04/08/2011 1:49:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

One of the worst LP covers ever.


30 posted on 04/08/2011 1:51:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!


31 posted on 04/08/2011 1:54:26 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Reaganite Republican
FM radio staples then and today include "I Put a Spell on You", "Born on the Bayou", "Good Golly, Miss Molly", "Green River", "Bad Moon Rising", "Down on the Corner", "It Came Out of the Sky", "Cotton Fields", "The Night Time is the Right Time", "Midnight Special", "Fortunate Son", "Travelin' Band", "Looking Out My Back Door", "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", "Long as I Can See the Light", "Who'll Stop the Rain", "Pagan Baby", "Have You Ever Seen the Rain", "Someday Never Comes", and "Sweet Hitch-hiker".

Twenty-one titles...and no "Suzie Q"?

32 posted on 04/08/2011 1:55:00 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: JoeProBono

33 posted on 04/08/2011 2:01:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

I have their entire compilation. My favorite band forever.


34 posted on 04/08/2011 2:05:29 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Solution to Libya's problem: They want a new Muslim leader, I say, give them ours...2 problm solved!)
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To: JoeProBono

35 posted on 04/08/2011 2:06:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Fogerty has been doing a lot of bluegrass and country covers these days, and they aren’t bad. Although the original is still much, much better, he has a respectable cover of “Paradise,” one of the world’s finest songs.


36 posted on 04/08/2011 2:07:21 PM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: okie01
Twenty-one titles...and no "Suzie Q"?

No "Keep On Chooglin'" either.

37 posted on 04/08/2011 2:14:23 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (Solution to Libya's problem: They want a new Muslim leader, I say, give them ours...2 problm solved!)
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To: OB1kNOb

Don’t forget “Tombstone Shadow.”


38 posted on 04/08/2011 2:26:19 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Is this those guys from Monty Python in drag, with the marzipan and tea?


39 posted on 04/08/2011 2:41:34 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: OB1kNOb

I blew a couple, too late now- got the ball rolling anyway lol


40 posted on 04/08/2011 2:42:39 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: OB1kNOb
I always liked the mostly forgotten Ramble Tamble
41 posted on 04/08/2011 3:26:37 PM PDT by Zman516 (muslims, marxists, communists ---> satan's useful idiot corps)
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To: Zman516
..featuring the prophetic lyrics ...actor in the White House... some 12 years before Reagan was there.
42 posted on 04/08/2011 3:38:34 PM PDT by Zman516 (muslims, marxists, communists ---> satan's useful idiot corps)
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To: dfwgator
The record company forced Fogerty to change the title to “Vanz Can’t Dance.”

Fogerty is a talented song-writer but he isn't subtle:

"Vanz can't dance but he'll steal your money,

Watch him or he'll rob you blind."

It is a song which is hard to get out of your mind when you hear it.

43 posted on 04/08/2011 5:32:40 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: Reaganite Republican
John Fogerty is one of my favorite artists. The songs he wrote and performed with CCR still sound as good as they did 40 years ago. Among his later works, I really enjoy the CDs Blue Moon Swamp and Centerfield.

However, I really don't care for Fogerty as a person. The more I hear about the pettiness and bitterness he constantly exhibits, the less I personally like him. The animosity that John Fogerty expressed against his former CCR bandmates, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and his own late brother, Tom, seemed really excessive. It sounded like John was reluctant to even reconcile with his own brother as Tom was dying. He strikes me as a very unlikable human being.

44 posted on 04/08/2011 5:48:43 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: CommerceComet
Fogerty, great Musician, totally deranged Obama loving Libtard. Such a shame...

The word you were looking for is “vindictive”.
He is simply a very talented malcontent.

45 posted on 04/08/2011 5:55:02 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Obama was a tree, what kind of a tree would he be?)
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To: Kickass Conservative
The word you were looking for is “vindictive”.

You are right - fits him to a "t". A seven-letter word which begins with "ass" and ends with "hole" would work, too.

46 posted on 04/08/2011 6:30:21 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Governor Romney, why would any conservative vote for the author of the beta version of ObamaCare?)
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To: JoeProBono

Dad had that album, and the reel to reel. I loved to listen to r2r with the headphones.


47 posted on 04/08/2011 7:42:41 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: CommerceComet

As I’ve done continued research this week, it’s difficult not to come to a similar conclusion- lotta smoke anyway


48 posted on 04/09/2011 12:45:36 PM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Zman516
I always liked the mostly forgotten Ramble Tamble

Me too.

49 posted on 04/11/2011 7:19:18 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Solution to Libya's problem: They want a new Muslim leader, I say, give them ours...2 problm solved!)
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