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

931,046
5,510,066
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bad Moon Rising

798,587
4,237,230
Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary

558,750
2,515,039
Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Down on the Corner

518,933
2,288,179
Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Up Around the Bend

470,705
2,065,011
Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Who'll Stop the Rain

467,915
2,090,668
Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lookin' Out My Back Door

458,064
2,183,280
Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Green River

421,306
1,882,095
I Put a Spell on You - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I Put a Spell on You

365,810
1,504,220
Run Through the Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Run Through the Jungle

356,602
1,498,963
Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lodi

343,439
1,414,925
Travelin' Band - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Travelin' Band

309,449
1,275,533
Born on the Bayou - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Born on the Bayou

298,373
1,242,168
Hey Tonight - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hey Tonight

271,588
1,042,405
Commotion - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Commotion

250,586
923,432
Cotton Fields - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cotton Fields

241,568
940,191
Susie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Susie Q

220,264
834,157
Someday Never Comes - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Someday Never Comes

192,171
705,398
Sweet Hitch-Hiker - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Sweet Hitch-Hiker

186,770
629,578
The Midnight Special - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Midnight Special

167,132
618,139
Good Golly Miss Molly - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Good Golly Miss Molly

153,290
508,770
Suzie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Suzie Q

136,456
489,459
Before You Accuse Me - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Before You Accuse Me

132,623
436,008
Molina - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Molina

130,042
436,673
Tombstone Shadow - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Tombstone Shadow

114,983
380,204
My Baby Left Me - Creedence Clearwater Revival

My Baby Left Me

112,945
371,468
Ramble Tamble - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ramble Tamble

112,274
413,902
Ooby Dooby - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ooby Dooby

104,602
340,555
Hello Mary Lou - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hello Mary Lou

99,875
328,421
Don't Look Now - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Don't Look Now

97,957
318,776
Cross-Tie Walker - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cross-Tie Walker

84,172
261,268
Pagan Baby - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Pagan Baby

83,088
255,202
Walk On The Water - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Walk On The Water

82,312
261,815
Bootleg - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bootleg

78,523
249,756
The Working Man - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Working Man

75,083
224,880
Feelin' Blue - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Feelin' Blue

74,936
223,628
Porterville - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Porterville

73,911
222,044
Penthouse Pauper - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Penthouse Pauper

72,893
219,635
It's Just a Thought - Creedence Clearwater Revival

It's Just a Thought

71,157
209,226
Keep on Chooglin' - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Keep on Chooglin'

69,030
230,020
Graveyard Train - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Graveyard Train

67,148
199,091
Born To Move - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Born To Move

64,317
177,766
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