Creedence Clearwater Revival Band

As stated in the previous post, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band was very important to me. I idolized lead singer and songwriter John Fogerty. They became my second “favorite band” in life, after the Beatles held the spot for a few years (and then permanently regained the spot years later). Every time a new Creedence song was released, it was very exciting. And they did not disappoint, releasing a couple albums per year for three consecutive years, the years I spent in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

It seemed to all end as soon as it began. John’s older brother Tom left the band; I would guess it became tiring to see his little brother sing, write and play lead guitar on all the songs while brother Tom strummed the rhythm parts. Here’s a short clip of Tom talking about his brother John:

It took them ten years of toiling in anonymity before breaking into the national spotlight. In 1971 Tom left the band, and Creedence recorded one more album before calling it quits. Tom continued to record and perform, then moved to Arizona, before tragically passing away of AIDS (tainted blood transfusion) at the age of 48.

The San Francisco music scene of the 1960s was dominated by the “psychedelic” bands like the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane. But the music scene was incredibly diverse, also yielding historic acts like Sly & The Family Stone and Tower of Power. Creedence Clearwater grew up in El Cerrito, a few miles north of Oakland, and their “swamp rock” is quite different from the sounds mostly heard across the bay.

Wikipedia Has Good Summary of CCR’s History

Creedence Clearwater’s legacy is not well preserved on video. Here’s “Born On The Bayou” from an Albert Hall concert in 1970:

If I had a primary criticism of the band, it would be the lack of improvisation. Each song was more or less played the same way every time. The Beatles and Lynyrd Skynyrd are the same way.

I saw Creedence (with Booker T. & The MG’s!) in concert at the Oakland Coliseum in January, 1970. My mom took me, my sister and a friend. We were seated way in the back, but looking straight at the band. We actually sneaked a small cassette player into the Coliseum and recorded the concert. I believe the concert was also recorded professionally and released as a album called “The Concert”. None of the live recordings are worth including in the collection.

I have a nearly complete history of Creedence’s music on the collection, one of five or six favorites whose recorded outut is almost completely included. If I could only listen to one CCR song the rest of my life, it would probably be “Born On The Bayou”. A few years ago, I read an anecdote, perhaps in Rolling Stone magazine, about John Fogerty noodling around with an E7 riff (the “076750” in tab form) backstage at one of the San Francisco concert halls. Somebody came up to him and said somethings along the lines of “You’re not going to do anything with that.”, to which Fogerty responded, “Oh yeah? Just watch me.”

My other favorite is “I Put A Spell On You”, an excellent transformation of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins song. Another one I generally regard better than the consensus opinion is “Commotion”, the B side of “Green River”, which is a one chord (D minor) song.

In my opinion, John Fogerty is one of the greatest rock and roll singers.

Here’s the list, in approximate chronological order:

I Put A Spell On You, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭✭
The Working Man, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band
Suzie Q, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Ninety Nine And A Half, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Porterville, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band
Walk On The Water, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band

Born On The Bayou, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭✭
Bootleg, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Bootleg (alt take), Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Graveyard Train, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Good Golly Miss Molly, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Keep On Chooglin’, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭

Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Commotion, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Tombstone Shadow, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Wrote A Song For Everyone, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Lodi, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Cross-Tie Walker, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Sinister Purpose, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band
The Night Time Is The Right Time, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Green River (Live in Stockholm), Creedence Clearwater Revival Band

Down On The Corner, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
It Came Out Of The Sky, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Cotton Fields, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Poorboy Shuffle, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Feelin’ Blue, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Don’t Look Now, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
The Midnight Special, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Side O’ The Road, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Effigy, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band

Ramble Tamble, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Before You Accuse Me, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Travelin’ Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Ooby Dooby, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band
Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Up Around The Bend, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
My Baby Left Me, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
Run Through The Jungle, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
Who’ll Stop The Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭
I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Long As I Can See The Light, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭

It’s Just A Thought, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Have You Ever Seen The Rain?, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭✭
(Wish I Could) Hideaway, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
It’s Just A Thought, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭

Someday Never Comes, Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭✭

Commotion (live, Woodstock), Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭
Ninety Nine And A Half (live, Woodstock), Creedence Clearwater Revival Band ✭✭

John Fogerty’s solo efforts. The Premontion live concerts are well engineered live performances, mostly Creedence stuff. “Who’ll Stop The Rain” is excellent. Fogerty has added a few good songs to the overall repertoire as well.

The Old Man Down The Road, John Fogerty ✭✭✭
Rock ‘n Roll Girls, John Fogerty
Big Train (From Memphis), John Fogerty ✭✭
Centerfield, John Fogerty ✭✭

Southern Streamline, John Fogerty ✭✭
Hot Rod Heart, John Fogerty ✭✭✭
Blueboy, John Fogerty ✭✭✭
A Hundred And Ten In The Shade, John Fogerty ✭✭✭

Premonition:

Born On The Bayou, John Fogerty ✭✭
Green River, John Fogerty ✭✭
I Put A Spell On You, John Fogerty ✭✭
Who’ll Stop The Rain, John Fogerty ✭✭✭✭
Premontion, John Fogerty ✭✭✭
Rockin All Over The World, John Fogerty
Joy Of My LIfe, John Fogerty ✭✭
Hot Rod Heart, John Fogerty ✭✭✭
The Old Man Down The Road, John Fogerty ✭✭
Bad Moon Rising, John Fogerty ✭✭✭
Fortunate Son, John Fogerty ✭✭✭

I remember bouncing around my friend Beep’s house singing “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Gratefully, Fogerty sings that exact line at the end of the Premonition version. That’s what we thought you meant!

Live performances from The Long Road Home

Bootleg (live), John Fogerty ✭✭
Keep On’ Chooglin’ (live), John Fogerty ✭✭

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