History Music / CreedenceClearwaterRevival

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The band members met in high school, first played together as The Blue Velvets in 1959, and signed to the jazz-based Fantasy Records label in 1964, initially as a singles oriented garage rock act called The Golliwogs. In early 1968 they changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival and released their eponymous debut album. (The legend goes that they had a friend named Credence, and added an extra "e" to that; the "Clearwater" portion came from a beer ad.) Their [[CoverVersion cover]] of "Suzie Q" received lots of air play and became their first in a string of Top 40 hits. Other notable songs from their career include "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Fortunate Son", "Run Through the Jungle", "Travelin' Band", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?".

Tom Fogerty quit in late 1970, and the band broke up in 1972. They never reunited, though Clifford and Cook eventually founded Creedence Clearwater Revisited. John Fogerty started a solo career and eventually got sued for plagiarizing CCR because of a crooked deal [[ReadTheFinePrint he had inadvertently signed]] with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz. He won the lawsuit, and in 2007 he re-signed with Fantasy after the label's new owner reinstated his royalty payments for CCR's music. The bad blood between Fogerty, Cook and Clifford persists, however; when CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty used his cachet to forbid Clifford and Cook from taking part in the live medley played by all of that year's inductees.

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The band members met in high school, first played together as The Blue Velvets in 1959, and signed to the jazz-based Fantasy Records label in 1964, initially as a singles oriented garage rock act called The Golliwogs. In early 1968 1967 they changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival and released their eponymous debut album. (The legend goes that they had a friend named Credence, and added an extra "e" to that; the "Clearwater" portion came from a beer ad.) Their [[CoverVersion cover]] of "Suzie Q" received lots of air play and became their first in a string of Top 40 hits. Other notable songs from their career include "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Fortunate Son", "Run Through the Jungle", "Travelin' Band", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?".

Tom Fogerty quit in late 1970, 1971, and the band broke up in 1972. They never reunited, reunited in 1980 and 1983, though Clifford and Cook eventually founded Creedence Clearwater Revisited. John Fogerty started a solo career and eventually got sued for plagiarizing CCR because of a crooked deal [[ReadTheFinePrint he had inadvertently signed]] with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz. He won the lawsuit, and in 2007 he re-signed with Fantasy after the label's new owner reinstated his royalty payments for CCR's music. The bad blood between Fogerty, Cook and Clifford persists, however; when CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty used his cachet to forbid Clifford and Cook from taking part in the live medley played by all of that year's inductees.



* AlwaysSecondBest: They hold the record for most number-two singles on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 without reaching the top spot, with ''five'' such singles. [[labelnote:*]] Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Travelin' Band / Who'll Stop the Rain, and Lookin' Out My Back Door / Long as I Can See the Light; in all, they had a whopping '''nine''' top 10 hits, but never quite hit number one. [[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:**]] Music/{{Madonna}} has the most #2 hits, with six; of course, she has over a dozen #1 singles as well. [[/labelnote]]

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* AlwaysSecondBest: They hold the record for most number-two singles on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 without reaching the top spot, with ''five'' such singles. [[labelnote:*]] Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Travelin' Band / Who'll Stop the Rain, and Lookin' Out My Back Door / Long as I Can See the Light; in all, they had a whopping '''nine''' top 10 hits, but never quite hit number one. [[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:**]] Music/{{Madonna}} has the most #2 hits, with six; of course, she has over a dozen #1 singles as well. [[/labelnote]]



* BadassGrandpa: As of May 2016, John is '''71''', and has been recording kick-ass rock songs for ''48'' years, or easily 50-plus if you count CCR's time as the Golliwogs.

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* BadassGrandpa: As of May 2016, John is '''71''', and has been recording kick-ass rock songs for ''48'' years, or easily 50-plus if you count CCR's time as the Golliwogs.



** "Bad Moon Rising" is a catchy little tune... With lyrics about the end of the world.

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** "Bad Moon Rising" is a catchy little tune... With lyrics about the end of the world.



** "Fortunate Son" just barely averts this, as John Fogerty sings "I ain't no fortunate son" right before the fade-out. It's played straight in the version John Fogerty recorded with Music/FooFighters, though.

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** "Fortunate Son" just barely averts this, as John Fogerty sings "I ain't no fortunate son" right before the fade-out. It's played straight in the version John Fogerty he recorded with Music/FooFighters, though.
19th Oct '16 3:19:01 PM bt8257
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* LongRunnerLineUp: Despite changing names, the band was the same lineup -- John, Tom, Stu and Doug -- from 1959 to 1971 and qualifies as Type 1.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Despite changing names, the band was the same lineup -- John, Tom, Stu and Doug -- from 1959 to 1971 and qualifies as Type 1.
16th Aug '16 12:14:26 AM gewunomox
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[[caption-width-right:360:Creedence Clearwater Revival during their heyday. From left to right: John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook.]]

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[[caption-width-right:360:Creedence [[caption-width-right:360: Creedence Clearwater Revival during their heyday. From left to right: John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook.]]






Creedence Clearwater Revival, usually abbreviated as CCR (though die-hard fans often prefer simply calling them "Creedence"), was a very popular rock band of the [[TheSixties 1960s]] and [[TheSeventies '70s]]. Like LynyrdSkynyrd and Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, CCR helped define the SouthernRock genre of the era -- this in spite of the band actually hailing from the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco San Francisco Bay Area]].

The band members met in high school, first played together as The Blue Velvets in 1959, and signed to the jazz-based Fantasy Records label in 1964, initially as a singles-oriented garage rock act called The Golliwogs. In early 1968 they changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival and released their eponymous debut album. (The legend goes that they had a friend named Credence, and added an extra "e" to that; the "Clearwater" portion came from a beer ad.) Their [[CoverVersion cover]] of "Suzie Q" received lots of air play and became their first in a string of Top 40 hits. Other notable songs from their career include "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Fortunate Son", "Run Through The Jungle", "Travelin' Band", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?".

Tom Fogerty quit in late 1970, and the band broke up in 1972. They never reunited, though Clifford and Cook eventually founded Creedence Clearwater Revisited. John Fogerty started a solo career and eventually got sued for plagiarizing CCR because of a crooked deal [[ReadTheFinePrint he had inadvertently signed]] with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz. He won the lawsuit, and in 2007 he re-signed with Fantasy after the label's new owner reinstated his royalty payments for CCR's music. The bad blood between Fogerty, Cook and Clifford persists, however; when CCR was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty used his cachet to forbid Clifford and Cook from taking part in the live medley played by all of that year's inductees.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival, usually abbreviated as CCR (though die-hard fans often prefer simply calling them "Creedence"), was a very popular rock band of the [[TheSixties 1960s]] '60s]] and [[TheSeventies '70s]]. Like LynyrdSkynyrd Music/LynyrdSkynyrd and Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, CCR helped define the SouthernRock genre of the era -- this in spite of the band actually hailing from the [[UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco San Francisco Bay Area]].

Area]].

The band members met in high school, first played together as The Blue Velvets in 1959, and signed to the jazz-based Fantasy Records label in 1964, initially as a singles-oriented singles oriented garage rock act called The Golliwogs. In early 1968 they changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival and released their eponymous debut album. (The legend goes that they had a friend named Credence, and added an extra "e" to that; the "Clearwater" portion came from a beer ad.) Their [[CoverVersion cover]] of "Suzie Q" received lots of air play and became their first in a string of Top 40 hits. Other notable songs from their career include "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Green River", "Down on the Corner", "Fortunate Son", "Run Through The the Jungle", "Travelin' Band", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?".

Tom Fogerty quit in late 1970, and the band broke up in 1972. They never reunited, though Clifford and Cook eventually founded Creedence Clearwater Revisited. John Fogerty started a solo career and eventually got sued for plagiarizing CCR because of a crooked deal [[ReadTheFinePrint he had inadvertently signed]] with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz. He won the lawsuit, and in 2007 he re-signed with Fantasy after the label's new owner reinstated his royalty payments for CCR's music. The bad blood between Fogerty, Cook and Clifford persists, however; when CCR was inducted into the Rock And and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty used his cachet to forbid Clifford and Cook from taking part in the live medley played by all of that year's inductees.






!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

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!!Principal
!! Principal
Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):



* '''Tom Fogerty''' - guitar, vocals (196771, died 1990) [[note]]Was the lead vocalist of the Golliwogs (Pre-CCR)[[/note]]

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* '''Tom Fogerty''' - guitar, vocals (196771, died 1990) [[note]]Was [[note]] Was the lead vocalist of the Golliwogs (Pre-CCR)[[/note]]
(Pre-CCR) [[/note]]



!!Studio and Live Discography:

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!!Studio
!! Studio
and Live Discography:



* 1973 - ''Live In Europe'' [[note]]Recorded in 1971[[/note]]
* 1980 - ''The Concert'' [[note]]Recorded in 1970[[/note]]

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* 1973 - ''Live In in Europe'' [[note]]Recorded [[note]] Recorded in 1971[[/note]]
1971 [[/note]]
* 1980 - ''The Concert'' [[note]]Recorded [[note]] Recorded in 1970[[/note]]
1970 [[/note]]









* AlienInvasion: "It Came Out of the Sky"
* AlwaysSecondBest: They hold the record for most number-two singles on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 without reaching the top spot, with ''five'' such singles. [[labelnote:*]]Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Travelin' Band/Who'll Stop the Rain, and Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light; in all, they had a whopping '''nine''' top 10 hits, but never quite hit number one.[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:**]] Music/{{Madonna}} has the most #2 hits, with six; of course, she has over a dozen #1 singles as well.[[/labelnote]]
** They ''did'' have #1 hits in ''Billboard'''s main competitors, ''Cashbox'' and ''Record World''. In fact, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" hit #1 on both. They didn't have any others in ''Cashbox'', but "Proud Mary" and "Bad Moon Rising" hit the top in ''Record World''.

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* AlienInvasion: "It Came Out of the Sky"
Sky".
* AlwaysSecondBest: They hold the record for most number-two singles on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 without reaching the top spot, with ''five'' such singles. [[labelnote:*]]Proud [[labelnote:*]] Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Green River, Travelin' Band/Who'll Band / Who'll Stop the Rain, and Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long Door / Long as I Can See the Light; in all, they had a whopping '''nine''' top 10 hits, but never quite hit number one.one. [[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:**]] Music/{{Madonna}} has the most #2 hits, with six; of course, she has over a dozen #1 singles as well.well. [[/labelnote]]
** They ''did'' have #1 hits in ''Billboard'''s main competitors, ''Cashbox'' and ''Record World''. In fact, "Lookin' Out My Back Door" hit #1 on both. They didn't have any others in ''Cashbox'', but "Proud Mary" and "Bad Moon Rising" hit the top in ''Record World''.



* BandOfRelatives: John and Tom were brothers.



*** John Fogerty: when they began in 1967
*** Tom Fogerty: in later years
*** Stu Cook: up until ''Mardi Gras''
*** Doug Clifford: with his BadassBeard, pretty much throughout the time as CCR.
* BadMoonRising: TropeNamer.

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*** John Fogerty: when When they began in 1967
1967.
*** Tom Fogerty: in In later years
years.
*** Stu Cook: up Up until ''Mardi Gras''
Gras''.
*** Doug Clifford: with With his BadassBeard, pretty much throughout the time as CCR.
* BadMoonRising: TropeNamer.TropeNamers.



** Also happened later in their career in a sense. After years of complaints from Cook and Clifford and demands for more of a role in the creative process, the band put out more material allowing Cook and Clifford to sing, write lyrics and carry the load instrumentally, with John Fogerty playing an extremely minimalistic rhythm guitar that faded almost entirely into the background--probably just to demonstrate his importance to the band's success. The resulting material was so heavily panned by critics and fans alike that it is almost entirely forgotten and de-canonized, much like The Doors' post-Jim-Morrison material.
* CameFromTheSky: "It Came Out of the Sky"

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** Also happened later in their career in a sense. After years of complaints from Cook and Clifford and demands for more of a role in the creative process, the band put out more material allowing Cook and Clifford to sing, write lyrics and carry the load instrumentally, with John Fogerty playing an extremely minimalistic rhythm guitar that faded almost entirely into the background--probably background -- probably just to demonstrate his importance to the band's success. The resulting material was so heavily panned by critics and fans alike that it is almost entirely forgotten and de-canonized, much like The Doors' Music/TheDoors' post-Jim-Morrison material.
* BandOfRelatives: John and Tom were brothers.
* CameFromTheSky: "It Came Out of the Sky"Sky".



* DescentIntoDarknessSong: An instrumental example, "[[MeaningfulName Rude Awakening]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRXax5YNlao No. 2]]", starts out mellow but becomes more and more spooky as the song goes on.

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* DescentIntoDarknessSong: An instrumental example, "[[MeaningfulName Rude Awakening]] [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRXax5YNlao No. 2]]", starts out mellow but becomes more and more spooky as the song goes on.



* LongRunnerLineUp: Despite changing names, the band was the same lineup - John, Tom, Stu and Doug - from 1959 to 1971 and qualifies as Type 1.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Bad Moon Rising" is a catchy little tune...with lyrics about the end of the world.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Despite changing names, the band was the same lineup - -- John, Tom, Stu and Doug - -- from 1959 to 1971 and qualifies as Type 1.
* LyricalDissonance:
LyricalDissonance:
** "Bad Moon Rising" is a catchy little tune...with With lyrics about the end of the world.



** "Porterville"

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** "Porterville""Porterville".



* NothingButHits: If there's an EstablishingShot {{Montage}} of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar ''anywhere'', odds are 50% "Fortunate Son" will be the music it's set to. (The other 50% is of course, Music/JimiHendrix's "All Along The Watchtower".)

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* NothingButHits: If there's an EstablishingShot {{Montage}} of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar ''anywhere'', odds are 50% "Fortunate Son" will be the music it's set to. (The other 50% is of course, Music/JimiHendrix's "All Along The the Watchtower".)



* RepurposedPopSong: The first line of "Fortunate Son" was re-used, out of context, in a commercial for Wrangler jeans. That was Zaentz's fault - Fogerty noted that Wrangler eventually bothered to find out he wasn't happy about it and stopped doing it.
* RockstarSong:
** "Travelin' Band"
** "Lodi" is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: The main character is an up-and-coming rock singer who was told he was "on his way" by a man from a magazine. He took a gig out in Lodi, intending to just stay there for one night and move on, but his career stalled out after that and he ended up stuck in town, playing in dive bars just for the hope of making enough money to get a train ticket home. In other words, a wannabe RockstarSong.

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* RepurposedPopSong: The first line of "Fortunate Son" was re-used, out of context, in a commercial for Wrangler jeans. That was Zaentz's fault - -- Fogerty noted that Wrangler eventually bothered to find out he wasn't happy about it and stopped doing it.
* RockstarSong:
RockstarSong:
** "Travelin' Band"
Band".
** "Lodi" is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: The main character is an up-and-coming up and coming rock singer who was told he was "on his way" by a man from a magazine. He took a gig out in Lodi, intending to just stay there for one night and move on, but his career stalled out after that and he ended up stuck in town, playing in dive bars just for the hope of making enough money to get a train ticket home. In other words, a wannabe RockstarSong.



* AStormIsComing: "Bad Moon Rising"

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* AStormIsComing: "Bad Moon Rising"Rising".



* WeUsedToBeFriends: CCR's breakup was one of the most acrimonious in rock history. Tom Fogerty still hadn't patched things up with his bandmates at the time of his AIDS-related death in 1990, and three years later John Fogerty refused to perform with Cook and Clifford at the group's [=RnR=] HOF induction ceremony; John actually assembled a completely different band (including Music/BruceSpringsteen and [[Music/TheBand Robbie Robertson]]) for the performance without telling anyone, and when Stu, Doug and their families found out, they all stormed out in anger. Even John's own relatives -- the family of his late brother Tom Fogerty -- were pissed off by the move. Evidently the rift between John and Stu/Doug still exists to this day.
** According to John's book, the death knell for his relationship with Stu and Doug occurred in 1988 when they sold their voting rights in CCR to Saul Zaentz for a quick buck behind John's back (up until then his relationship with them was distant and strained, but he still considered them his bandmates). He also states that he told Stu, Doug, and the Hall Of Fame in advance that he wasn't going to play with them, and that their outraged reactions after the performance were fake (well, ''theirs'' were anyway. Their family's reactions were real).
* {{Woodstock}}: Yep, they were there.

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: CCR's breakup was one of the most acrimonious in rock history. Tom Fogerty still hadn't patched things up with his bandmates at the time of his AIDS-related death in 1990, and three years later John Fogerty refused to perform with Cook and Clifford at the group's [=RnR=] HOF induction ceremony; John actually assembled a completely different band (including Music/BruceSpringsteen and [[Music/TheBand Robbie Robertson]]) for the performance without telling anyone, and when Stu, Doug and their families found out, they all stormed out in anger. Even John's own relatives -- the family of his late brother Tom Fogerty -- were pissed off by the move. Evidently the rift between John and Stu/Doug Stu / Doug still exists to this day.
** According to John's book, the death knell for his relationship with Stu and Doug occurred in 1988 when they sold their voting rights in CCR to Saul Zaentz for a quick buck behind John's back (up until then his relationship with them was distant and strained, but he still considered them his bandmates). He also states that he told Stu, Doug, and the Hall Of of Fame in advance that he wasn't going to play with them, and that their outraged reactions after the performance were fake (well, ''theirs'' were anyway. Their family's reactions were real).
* {{Woodstock}}: Film/{{Woodstock}}: Yep, they were there.
18th Jul '16 10:43:04 AM Lullaby22
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* RockstarSong: "Travelin' Band"

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* RockstarSong: RockstarSong:
**
"Travelin' Band"Band"
** "Lodi" is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: The main character is an up-and-coming rock singer who was told he was "on his way" by a man from a magazine. He took a gig out in Lodi, intending to just stay there for one night and move on, but his career stalled out after that and he ended up stuck in town, playing in dive bars just for the hope of making enough money to get a train ticket home. In other words, a wannabe RockstarSong.
9th Jul '16 12:22:28 AM bt8257
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* WordSaladLyrics: "Lookin' Out My Back Door"[[note]]WordOfGod is that it was inspired by ''[[Creator/DrSeuss And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street]]''.[[/note]]

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* WordSaladLyrics: "Lookin' Out My Back Door"[[note]]WordOfGod Door". WordOfGod is that it was inspired by ''[[Creator/DrSeuss And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street]]''.[[/note]]
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* LongRunnerLineup: Despite changing names, the band was the same lineup - John, Tom, Stu and Doug - from 1959 to 1970 and qualifies as Type 1.

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* LongRunnerLineup: LongRunnerLineUp: Despite changing names, the band was the same lineup - John, Tom, Stu and Doug - from 1959 to 1970 1971 and qualifies as Type 1.
9th Jul '16 12:19:02 AM bt8257
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* BadassGrandpa: As of May 2015, John is '''70''', and has been recording kick-ass rock songs for ''47'' years, or easily 50-plus if you count CCR's time as the Golliwogs.

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* BadassGrandpa: As of May 2015, 2016, John is '''70''', '''71''', and has been recording kick-ass rock songs for ''47'' ''48'' years, or easily 50-plus if you count CCR's time as the Golliwogs.
9th Jul '16 12:17:13 AM bt8257
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* '''Tom Fogerty''' - guitar, vocals (196770, died 1990) [[note]]Was the lead vocalist of the Golliwogs (Pre-CCR)[[/note]]

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* '''Tom Fogerty''' - guitar, vocals (196770, (196771, died 1990) [[note]]Was the lead vocalist of the Golliwogs (Pre-CCR)[[/note]]



28th Jun '16 10:14:17 AM arsepoetica
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** Also happened later in their career in a sense. After years of complaints from Cook and Clifford and demands for more of a role in the creative process, the band put out more material allowing Cook and Clifford to sing, write lyrics and carry the load instrumentally, with John Fogerty playing an extremely minimalistic rhythm guitar that faded almost entirely into the background--probably just to demonstrate his importance to the band's success. The resulting material was so heavily panned by critics and fans alike that it is almost entirely forgotten and de-canonized, much like The Doors' post-Jim-Morrison material.
19th Jun '16 11:13:06 PM gewunomox
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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: All of their other albums are sung entirely by John Fogerty, but their final studio release ''Mardi Gras'' actually had he, Cook, and Clifford contributing equally to the singing and songwriting (Tom Fogerty having left the band by that point). John Fogerty did ''sing'' one more song than anyone else on that album, but it's a CoverSong.

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* StepUpToTheMicrophone: All of their other albums are sung entirely by John Fogerty, but their final studio release ''Mardi Gras'' actually had he, Cook, and Clifford contributing equally to the singing and songwriting (Tom Fogerty having left the band by that point). John Fogerty did ''sing'' one more song than anyone else on that album, but it's a CoverSong.CoverVersion.
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