Artist Name: Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Creedence Clearwater RevivalCreedence Clearwater Revival (sometimes shortened to Creedence or 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 band 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 country rock and swamp rock genres; it remains a staple of radio airplay worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and were ranked at 82 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.

The band started out as The Blue Velvets, formed by John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook in El Cerrito, California, United States in the late 1950s. They were an instrumental trio, however during the early '60s they began backing Tom Fogerty, John's older brother, for school dances at El Cerrito High School, on fraternity house gigs and in the recording studio. By the mid 1960s, the band signed a contract with Fantasy Records which was a local label based in San Francisco at that time. They were attracted to the label because Fantasy had released a national hit by Vince Guaraldi, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Fantasy officials changed the group's name to The Golliwogs, an apparent reference to a once-popular minstrel doll called a Golliwogg. Seven singles were released in the San Francisco Bay area, but none received national attention (however, in 1975 Fantasy released Pre-Creedence, a compilation album of recordings by The Golliwogs).

Eventually John Fogerty took control of the group, writing most of their material and singing lead vocals. The band's first album as Creedence Clearwater Revival was released in 1968. A cover of the Dale Hawkins Swamp Rock classic "Suzie Q." became their first hit single (the song was later featured in the movie Apocalypse Now). As a result, Creedence Clearwater Revival is considered part of that distinctly American Swamp Rock music, exemplified again most prominently in their song "Born On The Bayou".

By 1969, the band really began to find its voice; "Proud Mary" became their second hit single and also was a big hit for Ike and Tina Turner. It was followed by a series of successful songs, including "Bad Moon Rising", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Travelin' Band", "Who'll Stop the Rain?", "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?", "Up Around the Bend", "Fortunate Son", and "Lookin' Out My Back Door."

Due to John Fogerty's success as writer, singer, and frontman, the other band members began to feel like they were being held back. His brother Tom left the band in 1971, to pursue an unsuccessful solo career. John Fogerty insisted that bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford share equal songwriting and vocal time on the band's final album Mardi Gras in 1972. Many have speculated that Fogerty did this in anticipation of poor sales, in order to prove to brother Tom (and the rest of world) that his songwriting had always been the real commercial talent behind the band's success. The album did indeed receive poor reviews and sales, and the group disbanded shortly afterwards.

John Fogerty bought himself out of his contract with Fantasy Records and eventually established a successful solo career.

In 1990, Tom Fogerty died of AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion.

CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. At the induction, Tom Fogerty's widow brought the urn containing his ashes for a CCR "reunion," but John Fogerty would not perform with his fellow bandmates.

Band members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook formed a band in 1995 with other musicians called Creedence Clearwater Revisited. They perform globally, only performing the original band's classics. John Fogerty still has no communications with Cook and Clifford.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was somewhat unfashionable during the time they were active, because they concentrated on tightly-focused, well-crafted singles rather than long, loose album cuts. However within a few years of their breakup their legacy became secure as one of the great American rock bands, and they heavily influenced the entire genre of heartland rock.

Fogerty's songs are considered classics of the rock form and have been covered by countless artists; "Fortunate Son" in particular is revived whenever America goes to war. A new live version of "Fortunate Son" by John Fogerty was recently released as part of his 2005 compilation album The Long Road Home which combines both his Creedence and solo hits.

"The guitar solos on such songs as "Suzie Q", "Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "I Put A Spell On You" are believed to be played by Steve Cropper of Booker T & the MGs." This assertion seems to be a strange entry by an unknown commentator, it seems unlikely indeed considering the obvious prowess of John Fogerty as a Guitar player, his subsequent solo playing on "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Gloomy", "The WorkingMan" and many others.

John recently (2008) released a new album entitled Revival receiving a Grammy nomination.

CCR holds the record for the group with the most # 2 songs on the U.S. Charts yet amazingly they never had a # 1 hit.

Top Track of Atist: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Fortunate Son

916,088
5,387,796
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising

788,807
4,203,196
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary

552,533
2,486,560
Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Down on the Corner

512,690
2,255,195
Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Up Around the Bend

466,418
2,040,188
Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Who'll Stop the Rain

464,102
2,066,972
Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lookin' Out My Back Door

453,963
2,154,957
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Green River

418,118
1,862,122
I Put a Spell on You - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I Put a Spell on You

363,468
1,490,192
Run Through the Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Run Through the Jungle

353,334
1,478,362
Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lodi

341,364
1,403,563
Travelin' Band - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Travelin' Band

308,193
1,269,738
Born on the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Born on the Bayou

295,217
1,227,629
Hey Tonight - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hey Tonight

270,128
1,034,633
Commotion - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Commotion

249,225
916,841
Cotton Fields - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cotton Fields

239,068
929,282
Susie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Susie Q

218,923
827,885
Someday Never Comes - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Someday Never Comes

191,193
699,641
Sweet Hitch-Hiker - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Sweet Hitch-Hiker

185,781
625,237
The Midnight Special - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Midnight Special

165,811
613,688
Good Golly Miss Molly - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Good Golly Miss Molly

152,314
504,528
Suzie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Suzie Q

134,543
481,672
Before You Accuse Me - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Before You Accuse Me

131,639
431,857
Molina - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Molina

129,009
432,720
Tombstone Shadow - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Tombstone Shadow

114,047
375,982
My Baby Left Me - Creedence Clearwater Revival

My Baby Left Me

112,058
367,165
Ramble Tamble - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ramble Tamble

110,786
406,711
Ooby Dooby - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ooby Dooby

103,712
336,887
Hello Mary Lou - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hello Mary Lou

99,076
325,358
Don't Look Now - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Don't Look Now

97,209
315,718
Cross-Tie Walker - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cross-Tie Walker

83,515
258,613
Pagan Baby - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Pagan Baby

82,288
252,224
Walk On The Water - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Walk On The Water

82,015
260,255
Bootleg - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bootleg

77,699
246,776
The Working Man - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Working Man

74,282
222,205
Feelin' Blue - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Feelin' Blue

74,100
220,652
Porterville - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Porterville

73,162
219,575
Penthouse Pauper - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Penthouse Pauper

72,164
216,890
It's Just a Thought - Creedence Clearwater Revival

It's Just a Thought

70,651
207,483
Keep on Chooglin' - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Keep on Chooglin'

68,219
227,268
Graveyard Train - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Graveyard Train

66,390
196,380
Born To Move - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Born To Move

63,932
176,308
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