JOHN AND TOM FOGERTY IN THE MIDDLE
TOM CENTER LEFT/// JOHN CENTER RIGHT
STU COOK (LEFT) AND DOUG Clifford (RIGHT) on the outside
INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME IN 1993
CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL ALBUM
Contained the hit song Suzie Q
In the spring of 1964 , John
Fogerty was sitting around with his older brother Tom and his two school friends , Stu and
Doug and decided to write some instrumental songs .The Group
was playing around since 1959 They started playing around in the Bay
area and called themselves The Blue Velvets. The group had changed their name
to the Golliwogs and had a minor hit with a song called Brown Eyed Girl.
The group was force to slow down while John Fogerty
went into the Army Reserves and Doug Clifford went into the Coast Guard.
The year was 1967 as the group finaly changed their name to Credence Clearwater
Rrevival which Saul Zeentz of
Fantasy records agreed to the name and gave them the right to record the first
album. The stood for Credence Nuball , a friend of Tom Fogerty ,
Clearwater was a reference to the group's concern of ecology and finally Revival
which stood for the group back together again. John was
going to write and produce the album since he could play the instruments and some of the
other members really could not yet play their
instruments. the group recorded Suzie Q and
They Put A Spell
On You in 1967 and had some minor hits with the songs.
However the group signed a very rough deal with Fantasy Records.
In March of 1964 the Blue Velvets went to Fantasy Records in San Francisco and after two name changes and five years the group got their first hit in 1969 called Proud Mary! ]
BAYOU COUNTRY ALBUM
Released in January of 1969 and contain the hit single Proud Mary
The group went on to have many hit singles during this era with such songs as , Green River, Bad Moon Rising, Looking Out The Back Door, Who' Will Stop The Rain, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Down On The Corner, Fortunate Son, Run Through The Jungle , Traveling Band , and many more.
GREEN RIVER ALBUM
Released August of 1969 , Includes Hits Green River and bad Moon Rising
I Hear The Bad Moon Rising!!!
JOHN FOGERTY(Younger Brother) - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica ,Piano
TOM FOGERTY ) Older Brother) Guitar , Vocals, Piano
STU COOK -- Bass, Vocals
DOUG CLIFFORD --Drums, Percussion, Vocals
WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
WILLY AND THE POOR BOYS ALBUM
Released In November 1969 and Contained Such Songs as Down On The Corner and Fortunate Son
The Group did play at WOODSTOCK but was not on the album or in the movie for the Festival due to John did not think the group was playing up to their normal performance .However the group did not come on until 3:00 AM due to the Grateful Dead played much longer than they were suppose to due to The Dead got into one of their famous jam sessions. Their Song Travelin' Band was inspired by their appearance at Woodstock. The group was from San Francisco bay area but was totally inspired by the Louisiana swamp blues music.The group was also noted for songs in protest of the Vietnam War.
COSMO'S FACTORY ALBUM
RELEASED in June of 1970 and Contained Songs such as Traveling Band ,Who"ll Stop The Rain,Up Around the Corner ,Looking Out My Back Door and Run Through The Jungle.
COSMO's Factory was the nick name of their studio .
CCR had seven #2 songs and no #1 songs in the USA
John Fogerty took ten years off in 1990 due to his depression in reference to the group's bad record contract and the pressure which was on him to continue to write hit songs.
Tom Fogerty was original the group's main vocal .
Tom Fogerty left the group in February 1971 as the album Pendulum was still on the charts.
Tom Fogerty died of AIDS from a Blood transfusion in 1990
John and Tom Fogerty never really got a chance to mead their differences.
Tom Fogerty had at least one successful single in his solo career.
John Forgerty won a Grammy Award
John Fogerty most Sucessful Solo single has been CENTERFIELD.
CCR was inducted into The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993
Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp both credit CCR for influence on their careers
Released in December of 1970 and Included HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN and many other great songs
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN
This was the last album which Tom Fogerty would play on . In my opinion this is their best album and it is a crime they did not continue on this path.
DOUBLE SIDED HITS
Green River/ Commotion
Down on the Corner / Fortunate Son
Travelin' Band / Who Stop the Rain
Up Around The Bend / Run Through The Jungle
MARDI GRAS ALBUM
Released in April of 1972 and included Songs such as , Sweet Hitch-hiker and Someday Never Comes
When Tom left the group they decided not to replace him and go on as a trio. However John insisted that he would only write 1/3 of the album . The Single Sweet Hitch-Hiker was released in 1971 but the album was not released until 1972
Tom Fogerty left the group in 1971 after their best album called Pendulum. Tom had a brief solo career but then got ill and then passed away. The group continued on however all the writing and producing was getting to much for John so on the next album Stu and Doug had to write and sing songs also. The album was called Mardi Gras which did not do as well as their previous albums. It did contain the hits Sweet Hitcher and Someday Never Comes and Hello Mary Lou ,but this still was the last album the group would record for Fantasy Records which was the label all their music was released on.
John Fogerty did go on with a
solo career , first with his Blue Ridge Rangers
and then he went out on his own and had a mild hit with the song Rockin All Over The World. John finally made it back into the spotlight with his album Centerfield which became the album of the year in 1998. John is continuing on with his recording and touring careers and the other band members now tour and have released one album under the name of Credence Clearwater Revisited.
Fantasy Records owned all the CCR songs which was owned by SAUL ZAENTZ CCR was without a doubt the labels main group and income. Fantasy built a landmark headquarters building in Berkeley , California in 1970 which is nicknamed "THE HOUSE THAT CREDENCE BUILT" A company did buy out Fantasy rights to CCR songs but only in the USA and Canada and Fantasy still controlled the songs in the rest of the world. In 2004 Fantasy Records was bought out by Norman Lear company Concord Records and shortly after this event John Fogerty re-signed with label.
RELEASE DATE------------------TITLE OF SONG---------------USA HOT 100
Sept 1968-------------------------SUZIE Q -------------------------#11
NOV 1968--------------I PUT A SPELL ON YOU -----------------#58
JAN 1969-----------------PROUD MARY---------------------------#2
MAY 1969---------------------BAD MOON RISING --------------#2
AUGUST 1969-----------------------------GREEN RIVER------------#2
NOV 1969--------------------DOWN ON THE CORNER-------------#3
NOV 1969-------------------FORTUNATE SON-------------------#14
JAN 1970 ------------TRAVELIN' BAND-----------------------------#2
JAN 1970-----------------------WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN ----------#2
APRIL 1970-------------------UP AROUND THE BEND -----------#4
APRIL 1970----------RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE _-------------#4
AUG 1970------------LOOKin" OUT MY BACK DOOR--------------#2
AUG 1970--------------LONG AS I CAN SEE THE LIGHT------------#2
JAN1971----------------HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN -------#8
JAN 1971----------------------------HEY TONIGHT-------------------#8
JAN 1971-----------------------SWEET HITCH-HIKER-----------------#8
MAY 1972-------------------SOMEDAY NEVER COMES------------#25
Chronicle Vol#1 and Vol#2 are the groups most famous greatest hits albums The Group also has some live albums. CCR records are still selling strong today .
Unquestionably one of the greatest American rock bands ever, Creedence Clearwater Revival will best be remembered for their unique bayou sound that is often referred to as "garage band music."
Although their music evoked the raw, gospel-tinged sound of the rural South, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and brothers Tom and John Fogerty actually hailed from El Cerrito, California, a small town near Berkeley. Back in 1960, while in junior high school, the boys formed a band called "Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets" and spent much of their time practicing in the Fogerty's garage. Four years later, they auditioned for Fantasy Records where John Fogerty had been a warehouse employee.
Unbeknownst to them, the "Blue Velvets" had their name changed by a label executive to the "Golliwogs" - a more English-sounding handle during those heady days of the British Invasion. As the Golliwogs, they recorded seven singles for Fantasy that went largely unheard by the general public. Finally, the label re-released the last of the Golliwog singles, "Porterville," under a new name of the band's own choosing: "Creedence Clearwater Revival". Creedence was taken from the name of a friend; Clearwater was lifted from a beer commercial; Revival was added to show that the band felt they now had new life.
After a couple of years on the central California club circuit, things began to happen very quickly. The 1967 release of the band's debut album, Creedence Clearwater Revival paralleled the flowering of the San Francisco music scene, but the Creedence phenomenon had little in common with the "San Francisco Sound."
With John Fogerty now firmly at the helm as guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer, Creedence took off with their neo-psychedelic reworking of Dale Hawkins' rockabilly classic "Suzie Q." From then on, the hits kept coming as the band churned out six albums of powerful, roots-oriented rock and roll between 1968 and 1970: "Creedence Clearwater Revival", "Bayou Country", "Green River", "Willie and the Poorboys", "Cosmo's Factory" and "Pendulum". Ten of Creedence's singles cracked the Top Ten during the period 1968-71.
Not everything went their way however. During the Woodstock concert in 1969, CCR didn't take the stage until three in the morning, following the Grateful Dead. After the show, they were so unhappy with their performance that they forbade the use of it in the Woodstock motion picture and anything promoting the movie. They didn't want their performance on the album, either, and Fantasy Records sealed the deal by not agreeing on royalties, which made sure they were not included on the album.
Although the group was not overtly political, several of their songs, particularly "Fortunate Son" and "Who'll Stop the Rain", eloquently expressed the counterculture's resistance to the Vietnam War and sympathy for those who were fighting in what now stand as anthems of those troubled times.
By 1970, CCR had undeniably become the number one American rock and roll attraction. The man responsible for their exalted position was John Fogerty. In addition to writing the band's material and producing their records, John sang with a powerful, raw-edged voice that was the Creedence sound. The same genius responsible for Creedence's tremendous popularity, however, also contributed to their eventual demise. Tensions arose among the other group members as they vied for greater say in band decisions which had, till then, been made exclusively by John. An agreement for more democratic decision-making was reached, but came too late for Tom Fogarty.
In February 1971, Tom, fed up with the dominance of his younger brother John, announced his departure from the band to work as a solo artist. The remaining group continued to work as a trio. The first single of reorganized CCR, "Sweet Hitchhiker" came out in July. The band's major tour of the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan began in July and met with a reasonably good reception.
On their seventh and last studio album, "Mardi Gras", Stu Cook and Doug Clifford wrote two thirds of the album's songs. The disc reached #12 on the US album chart, mostly because of the band's reputation rather than the content. In October 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival was officially disbanded.
Tom Fogerty continued his solo career without major commercial success. He initially participated in an informal group which included guitarist Jerry Garcia and organist Merle Saunders, before forming a new band,called "Ruby", around Randy Oda (guitar/keyboards), Anthony Davis (bass) and Bobby Cochran (drums). The group recorded three albums, the last of which was preceded by Tom's final solo set, "Deal It Out". Fogerty moved to Flagstaff, Arizona during the mid 80's. He died of AIDS on September 6th, 1990.
In 1972, John Fogerty began a solo project in which he recorded all the instruments and vocals under the pseudonym "Blue Ridge Rangers", with the material comprised of country and gospel. It provided two hit singles in 1973: remakes of Hank Williams' country "Jambalaya" and Otis Williams and the Charms' doowop hit, "Hearts of Stone".
Before the year was out, John had become upset about many aspects of his affiliation with Fantasy Records. He charged that the company hadn't promoted his solo album properly and had other objections about matters such as distribution and royalties. He demanded a release from his contract, but Fantasy had the rights for eight more albums from him. He refused to record new material and things remained unsolved until David Geffen and Asylum Records worked out a reported $1 million deal with Fantasy allowing Fogerty to record on Asylum with Fantasy retaining overseas rights while Asylum had US and Canadian rights. That did not void other legal battles, including one Fogerty and his old band mates eventually filed against their accounting firm, claiming it had not properly protected their investments.
Fogerty then went back into the studios and turned out a new solo album, "John Fogerty", that was a critically acclaimed work but a commercial failure. Among its tracks were such classic songs as "Rockin' All Over The World" and "Almost Saturday Night". However, the psychological trauma of continued legal skirmishing caught up with Fogerty and his efforts to assemble new material for a follow-up album were so far below his standards that Asylum cautioned against releasing them. The prospective third album,"Hoodoo", was never issued. Fogerty decided it would be best to wait until his legal problems were resolved before trying to pick up his career full-tilt again.
It turned out to be a long wait, a hiatus that took almost a decade. In 1984, Fogerty began working up tracks for his comeback album, issued by Warner Brothers at the beginning of 1985. The album proved a sensation with both critics and record buyers. It provided two hit singles, "Center Field" and "Rock and Roll Girl," while the album itself became a #1 chart hit in the US.
The LP also included the hard-driving rocker "Mr. Greed" and the experimental "Zantz Kan't Danz" which seemed to be personal attacks against Saul Zaentz, head of Fantasy Records. Zaentz responded with a $142 million lawsuit claiming he had been slandered in "Centerfield" and in the statements Fogerty had made in interviews. Fantasy also filed another suit claiming it was entitled to profits from the single "The Old Man Down The Road," stating the piece plagiarised a song Fogerty wrote for Creedence, "Run Through The Jungle". In 1995 Fogerty emerged victorious.
In September 1986, Fogerty launched a second Warner Brothers album, "Eye Of The Zombie", which failed to scale the heights of its predecessor. He also set out on his first US tour in 14 years, but refused to include any Creedence songs in the set list.
In the late 80's, Fogerty maintained a lower profile. The highlight of the era was his performance on the concert for Vietnam veterans in 1987, in which he did Creedence songs on stage for the first time since 1972.
In a clear, public showing of their animosity for each other, John Fogerty refused to play with Cook and Clifford when CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Instead, he chose to perform with the house band and his former band mates were left out of the live show completely.
Fogerty returned in 1997 with a release of his fifth solo album, the Grammy winning and critically acclaimed "Blue Moon Swamp". It was followed by a tour of the U.S. and Scandinavia, several appearances in the media and finally a live album.
The rhythm section of the group, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, followed pursuits independently and together in The Don Harrison Band, Southern Pacific, and The Sir Douglas Quintet. In 1995, they comprised a band called "Creedence Clearwater Revisited". With three additional musicians, Elliot Easton, Steve Gunner and John Tristao, they toured the world and performed the songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival over Fogerty's strenuous objections.
Creedence had an astonishing track record: eight consecutive gold singles;
Proud Mary- Jan.1969
Bad Moon Rising-"April 1969
Green River-July 1969
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son-September 1969
Who'll Stop the Rain/Travlin' Band-Jan.1970
Up Around the Bend,-April 1970
Lookin' Out My Back Door,-June 197070
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?-Jan. 1971
and eight consecutive gold albums
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys
There have been more than 100 cover versions of "Proud Mary."
April 24, 1945: Doug “Cosmo” Clifford was born.
April 25, 1945: Stu Cook was born.
May 28, 1945: John Fogerty was born.
January 25, 1969: ‘Proud Mary’, the Creedence Clearwater Revival LP, is released. “Proud Mary” eventually reaches #2 on the charts.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival hits #2 with “Travelin’ Band” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” and #4 with “Up Around the Bend.”
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival hits #8 with “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”
January 12, 1998:
Gene Vincent is
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the thirteenth annual
induction dinner. John Fogerty is his presenter.
Up Around the Bend
Bad Moon Rising
Born on the Bayou
Down on the Corner
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Fantasy) (RIAA:) Platinum
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