Creedence Clearwater Revival Photography

CCR

Creedence Clearwater Revival came from the San Francisco Bay area, but their sound throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s could have just as easily come straight from the Delta. In addition to southern rock, the group—comprised of singer/lead guitarist John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford—also brought bits of the blues and swamp rock into the psychedelic era.

Some of Creedence’s crowning achievements include the singles “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Down on the Corner,” though it was 1970’s quadruple platinum Cosmo’s Factory that remains their best-selling work. Throughout it all, they were also known for political and socially-slanted songwriting, including several songs criticizing the Vietnam War.

CCR broke up in 1972 with John turning to a solo career, Cook and Clifford continuing as Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Tom passing away in 1990. Three years later, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and though they’ve yet to reunite, both factions continue performing the group’s material on tour.

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