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[[caption-width-right:350:CCR (left to right): John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook.]]

->''"Some folks are born, made to wave the flag\\
Ooh, they're red white and blue\\
And when the band plays 'Hail to the Chief'\\
Ooh, they point the cannon at you\\
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Some folks inherit star-spangled eyes\\
Ooh, they send you down to war\\
And when you ask them, 'How much should we give?'\\
Ooh, they only answer, 'More! More! More!'"''
-->--"'''Fortunate Son'''"

Creedence Clearwater Revival, usually abbreviated to CCR, was a rock band of the [[TheSixties 1960s]] and [[TheSeventies 1970s]]. Like LynyrdSkynyrd and Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, CCR helped define the SouthernRock genre of the era -- this despite the band starting in the San Francisco Bay Area. The two most prominent members were the Fogerty brothers, John (lead vocals, lead guitar, primary songwriter) and Tom (rhythm guitar, backing vocals). Bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford rounded out the band.

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 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", "Travelin' Band", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?".

The band broke up in 1972 due to friction between the members, much of it from John Fogerty and Stu Cook. 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.

Tom quietly died of AIDS in 1990. John has been a strong AIDS activist since.
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!!They and Their Work Provide Examples of These Tropes:

* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Willy and the Poor Boys'' is mentioned in "Down on the Corner".
** Not to mention the TitleTrack from ''Green River''.
* 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 on Record World.
* BandOfRelatives: John and Tom were brothers.
* BadassBeard: Doug Clifford sported one; see photo above.
* BadassGrandpa: As of January 2014, John is '''68''', and has been recording kick-ass rock songs for ''45'' years.
* BadassMustache: All four had one at a specific point:
** Collectively: Look at their debut album.
** Individually:
*** John Fogerty: when they began in 1968
*** 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.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: The after-break-up band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, consisting of Doug Clifford and Stu Cook.
* CameFromTheSky: "It Came Out of the Sky"
* ControlFreak: John Fogerty, by most accounts. Tom Fogerty once said he felt he was "hip-checked" out of his role as lead singer when John joined the band.
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: "Suzie Q" was originally written and performed by Dale Hawkins as a straightforward rockabilly number. Fogerty's version makes the song much edgier and takes it into {{Yandere}} territory.
* CoverVersion: Each of their albums except ''Pendulum'' contained at least one of these, usually of a '50s rock & roll or blues song.
* 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.
* DisappearedDad: "Someday Never Comes".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The early Golliwogs recordings don't sound anything like CCR.
* EpicRocking: Most of their albums had one or two songs over six minutes in length, often serving as extended jams. Examples include "Susie Q" (8:39) and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (11:05), both of which were drastically edited down for single release.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Several, most notably the 8x Platinum ''Chronicle, Vol. 1'' (which is the biggest seller in their catalog).
* GriefSong: "Have You Ever Seen the Rain".
* IAmTheBand: John Fogerty sang, played all the exciting guitar parts, and wrote all the songs. Eventually Tom got so fed up with his brother's dominance that he quit the band. Stu Cook and Doug Clifford followed suit two albums later.
* LiveAlbum: ''Live in Europe'' (1973), ''The Concert'' (1980).
* 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.
* {{Mondegreen}}: "Bad Moon Rising" is a classic example:
** '''Misheard lyrics''': "There's a bathroom on the right."
** '''Real lyrics''': "There's a bad moon on the rise."
* NonAppearingTitle:
** "Porterville"
** "Fortunate Son" just barely averts this, as John Fogerty sings "I ain't no fortunate son" right before the fade-out.
* NothingButHits: If there's an EstablishingShot {{Montage}} of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar ''anywhere'', odds are better than 50% "Fortunate Son" will be the music it's set to.
* ProtestSong: "Fortunate Son", "Who'll Stop the Rain", and others. "Wrote a Song For Everyone" invokes this trope, as it's about someone trying to write a protest song.
* ReadTheFinePrint: The story of Fogerty and Saul Zaentz.
* RefrainFromAssuming: One episode of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' had "Proud Mary" as the final answer, but the three contestants answered the question assuming the title was "Rollin' on the River." Their debut album is not ''Suzie Q'', as iTunes sometimes identifies it, but the SelfTitledAlbum ''Creedence Clearwater Revival''. And if you want to find a song called "Some Folks" or "It Ain't Me", don't even bother. The song's name is "Fortunate Son".
* 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"
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut album.
* ShoutOut: "Lookin' Out My Back Door" namechecks Music/BuckOwens.
* SiameseTwinSongs: Though never released off of ''Willy and the Poor Boys'', "Poorboy Shuffle" fades out as "Feelin' Blue" fades in, making them practically inseparable.
* SoldiersAtTheRear: The title character of "Fortunate Son".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "45 Revolutions Per Minute", a radio-only single, is a sound-collage piece in the manner of Music/TheBeatles' "Revolution 9".
* SongStyleShift: "Ramble Tamble" kicks off like a fast country rocker, then shifts into a long, slow instrumental gradually building up until it segues back into fast country rock.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: All of their other albums are sung entirely by John Fogerty, but their final studio release ''Mardi Gras'' actually had John Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford contributing equally to the singing and songwriting (Tom Fogerty had left the band at that point). John Fogerty did ''sing'' one more song than anyone else on that album, but it's a CoverSong.
* AStormIsComing: "Bad Moon Rising"
* TakeThat: John Fogerty's 1985 solo album ''Centerfield'' contained a song originally called "Zanz Kant Danz", which contained the lyric "Zanz can't dance, but he'll steal your money." Unsurprisingly, Saul Zaentz was not amused, and threatened to sue Fogerty for defamation until the song was re-recorded as "Vanz Kant Danz".
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Most of their songs have just three chords. "Fortunate Son" has four, while "Feelin' Blue" simply alternates between D and D7.
* UrbanLegend: "Fortunate Son" is often claimed to be about a modern figure whose father was a Vietnam-era politician, such as UsefulNotes/AlGore or UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush. [[http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/fortunate.asp Fogerty himself stated]] that the song was inspired by David Eisenhower, who was both the son-in-law of UsefulNotes/RichardNixon and the grandson of UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: CCR's breakup was one of the more 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 tried to use a completely different band for the performance without telling anyone, and when Stu, Doug and their families found out, they all stormed out in anger.
** Evidently the rift between John and Stu/Doug still exists to this day.
* {{Woodstock}}: Yep, they were there.
* 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]]
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Mostly averted - California boy John Fogerty wrote a lot of songs about [[DeepSouth riverboats and bayous...]] They're pretty convincing, though: unless you've looked up where they actually came from, you probably think CCR hailed from somewhere in the Mississippi delta.
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