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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Travelin' Band: A History of Creedence Clearwater Revival


Thomas Richard "Tom" Fogerty, guitarist and founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Blue Velvets(renamed the Golliwogs), was born 70 years ago today, November 9, 1941. Fogerty succumbed to AIDS on September 6, 1990, aged 48 years, 302 days. This is a history of his biggest success, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

1967: Creedence Clearwater Revival, consisting of John Fogerty(lead vocals, lead guitar), Tom Fogerty(vocals, rhythm guitar, piano), Stu Cook(bass guitar, vocals, keyboards), and Doug Clifford(drums, vocals), is formed.
October, 1967: Creedence Clearwater Revival goes into Coast Recorders Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record their self-titled debut album.
July 5, 1968: "Creedence Clearwater Revival", featuring the songs "Susie Q", "I Put A Spell On You", "Walk On the Water", and "Porterville", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Susie Q" and "I Put A Spell On You" peaked at #11 and #58 respectively. The third single, "Porterville", failed to chart. The album struck a chord with the emerging underground pop culture press, who touted CCR awhich would help to build their careers.
Late 1968: CCR goes into RCA Studios in Hollywood, CA, to work on their second album, entitled "Bayou Country."
January, 1969: "Bayou Country", featuring the songs "Born On the Bayou", "Proud Mary", "Good Golly, Miss Molly", and "Penthouse Pauper", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200, and its sole single, "Proud Mary", peaked at #2.
March, 1969: 1. CCR releases Bad Moon Rising/Lodi as a single. "Bad Moon Rising" and "Lodi" peaked at #2 and #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Both tracks were featured on their next studio release, "Green River."
2. CCR goes into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record "Green River."
March 14, 1969: CCR performs at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA. Performances of the songs "Ninety Nine and A Half(Won't Do)", "Susie Q", and "Crazy Otto' were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Creedence Clearwater Revival" and "Bayou Country."
July, 1969: In advance if the release of "Green River", CCR releases Green River/Commotion as a single. The singles peaked at #2 and #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
July 4, 1969: CCR performs at the Atlanta International Pop Festival in Hampton, GA.
August, 1969: "Green River", featuring the aforementioned singles and the songs "Wrote a Song for Everyone" and "The Night Time's the Right Time", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.
August 16, 1969: CCR preforms at Woodstock.
Fall 1969: CCR goes into Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, to record their fourth album, entitled "Willy and the Poor Boys."
November, 1969: "Willy and the Poor Boys", featuring the songs "Fortunate Son", "Willy and the Poor Boys", "The Midnight Special", "Effigy", and "Cotton Fields", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Willy and he Poor Boys" and "Fortunate Son" peaked at #3 and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
November 16, 1969: CCR performs "Down On the Corner" and "Fortunate Son" on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Winter 1969/1970: CCR goes into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record their fifth album, entitled "Cosmo's Factory." The "Cosmo" part of the album title was named for Drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, while the "Factory part of the title was named for life in the studio.
January, 1970: Half a year in advance of the release of "Cosmo's Factory", CCR releases Travelin' Band(for which this article is named)/Who'll Stop the Rain as a single. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
January 31, 1970: CCR performs at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. These performances would make up the live album "The Concert."
April, 1970: CCR releases Run Through the Jungle/Up Around the Bend as a single. The single peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
July, 1970: 1. In advance of the release of "Cosmo's Factory", CCR releases Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long As I Can See the Light as a single. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2. "Cosmo's Factory", featuring the aforementioned singles and the songs "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "Ramble Tamble", is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.
November, 1970: CCR goes into Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, CA, to record their sixth album, entitled "Pendulum." This would be the last CCR album to feature Tom Fogerty.
December 15, 1970: "Pendulum", featuring the songs "Have You Ever Seen the Rain", "Hey Tonight", "Molina", "Pagan Baby", "Sailor's Lament", and "Chameleon", was released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 100, and the single Have You Ever Seen the Rain/Hey Tonight, released in July, 1971, peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
February, 1971: After a full year of conflict with the group, Tom Fogerty leaves CCR.
Spring 1971: CCR goes into Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, to record their seventh, and final, album, entitled "Mardi Gras."
September 1, 1971: CCR performs in Manchester, England. A performance of the song "Fortunate Son" was featured on a 40th anniversary expanded edition of "Willy and the Poor Boys."
September 10, 1971: CCR performs in Amsterdam, Netherlands. A performance of the song "Up Around the Bend" was featured on a 40th anniversary expanded edition of "Cosmo's Factory."
September 16, 1971: CCR performs in Berlin, Germany. Performances of the songs "Bad Moon Rising" and "It Came Out Of the Sky" were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Willy and the Poor Boys" and "Cosmo's Factory." "It Came Out Of the Sky" was also featured on the "Live in Europe" album.
September 17, 1971: CCR performs in Hamburg, Germany. Performances of the songs "Lodi" and "Hey Tonight" were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Green River" and "Pendulum."
September 21, 1971: CCR performs in Stockholm, Sweden. Performances of the songs "Proud Mary", "Green River", and "Susie Q" were featured on 40th anniversary expanded editions of "Bayou Country" and "Green River."
September 28, 1971: CCR performs in London, England. The performance of "Born On the Bayou" was featured on the 40th anniversary expanded edition of "Bayou Country."
April 11, 1972: "Mardi Gras", featuring the songs "Sweet Hitch-Hiker", "Someday Never Comes", "Tearin' Up the Country", "Door to Door", and "Hello Mary Lou", is released to commercial success, but a critical slamming. The album peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, and the singles Sweet Hitch-Hiker/Door to Door and Someday Never comes/Tearin' Up the Country peaked at #6 and #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.
October 16, 1972: After the culmination of a two month, 20 date mini-tour promoting "Mardi Gras", Creedence Clearwater Revival disbands.
November, 1972: The compilation album "Creedence Gold" is released. The album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200.
April, 1973: The compilation album "More Creedence Gold" is released. The album peaked at #61 on the Billboard 200.
October 16, 1973: The aforementioned "Live in Europe" is released to critical and commercial failure. The album peaked at #143 on the Billboard 200.
January, 1976: 1. The compilation album "Chronicle, Volume 1", the best known of all their compilation albums, is released to commercial success. The album peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200.
2. "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" is released as a single. The single peaks at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
October, 1980: The aforementioned "The Concert" is released. The album peaked at #62 on the Billboard 200.
October, 1981: The compilation album "Creedence Country", featuring their more country oriented songs, is released.
November, 1986: The compilation album "Chronicle, Volume 2" is released.
1999: The compilation album "Keep On Chooglin'" is released.
2000: The compilation album "At the Movies" is released.
October 2, 2001: "Creedence Clearwater Revival: Box Set" is released. This features all their studio and live performances as CCR and recordings from their days as "The Golliwogs" and "The Blue Velvets."
2009: The compilation album "Creedence Clearwater Revival Covers the Classics" is released.

This is my video tribute to CCR:

1 comment:

  1. This an amazing account of a Great Band that went Bad, and I still do not know why there was such dischord in CCR, Such a good feelin' and yet also experimental sound that has not been equaled. Thank You for the indepth Chronogical Research.
    Byron
    I will be a follower of your cool blogspot !

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