Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival often referred to as Creedence or CCR was an American rock band active in the late s and early s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty ; his brother, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty ; bassist Stu Cook ; and drummer Doug Clifford.
The group disbanded acrimoniously in late after four years of chart-topping success. Tom Fogerty had officially left the previous year, and John was at odds with the remaining members over matters of business and artistic control, all of which resulted in subsequent lawsuits among the former bandmates.
Fogerty's ongoing disagreements with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz created further protracted court battles, and John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving members at CCR's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Creedence Clearwater Revival's music is still a staple of US radio airplay;  the band has sold 28 million records in the United States alone.
Calling themselves The Blue Velvets Glasvegas - Flowers & Football Tops, the trio began playing instrumentals and "jukebox standards",  as well as backing John's older brother Tom at live gigs and in the recording studio. Tom soon joined the band, and in they signed with Fantasy Recordsan independent jazz label in San Francisco that had released " Cast Your Fate to the Wind ", a national hit for jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi.
The record's success was the subject of a National Educational Television special, which prompted John Fogerty to contact the label. Bandmembers' roles and the instruments they played changed during this period. Stu Cook switched from piano to bass guitar and Tom Fogerty from lead vocals to rhythm guitar; John became the band's lead vocalist and primary songwriter.
In Tom Fogerty's words: "I could sing, but John had a sound! Inthe group suffered a setback when John Fogerty and Alcohol Might Take Me There - Jonas Lindgren - Minimalistic Soulrebel EP Clifford received draft notices and chose to enlist in the military instead to avoid conscription.
Speaking of his experience in the US Army Fogerty has said: "I would become delirious and go into a trance. And I started narrating this story to myself, which was the song ' Porterville ' ". InSaul Zaentz bought Fantasy Records and offered the band a chance to record a full-length album on the condition that they change their name. He had never liked "the Golliwogs", in part because of the racial charge of the name, and the four readily agreed.
Zaentz and the band agreed to come up with 10 suggestions each, but he enthusiastically agreed to their very first: Creedence Clearwater Revival CCRwhich they took Crucifixus - Claudio Monteverdi - Festmesse in San Marco January Rejected contenders for the band's name included Muddy Rabbit, Gossamer Wump, and Creedence Nuball and the Ruby, but the last was the start that led to their finalized name.
Cook described the name as "weirder than Thrivin On A Riff Take 2 - Claude Thornhill - Tapestries Springfield or Jefferson Airplane. ByFogerty and Clifford had been discharged from military service, and all four members had quit their jobs to begin an intense schedule of rehearsing and playing full-time at clubs. Spicebush Swallowtail"written during Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son time in the Army Reserve.
John Fogerty cites this song as being the result of high spirits on gaining his discharge from the Army Reserve. Creedence continued to tour incessantly with performances in July at the Atlanta Pop Festival and in August at the Woodstock Festival.
Their set was not included in the Woodstock film or soundtrack because John Fogerty felt the band's performance was subpar. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son tracks from the event out of a total of eleven were eventually included in the commemorative box set Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music.
Stu Cook, however, held an opposing view, saying "The performances are classic CCR and I'm still amazed by the number of people who don't even know we were one of the headliners at Woodstock ' After Woodstock, Creedence were busy honing material for a fourth album, Willy and the Poor Boysreleased in November The year had been a remarkable chart year for the band: three Top Ten albums, four hit singles charting at No.
Except for Elvis PresleyRicky Nelsonthe Everly Brothersand the BeatlesCreedence had more success with double a-sides than any band or artist up to that point. John Fogerty has said that the flip side was inspired by the band's experience at Woodstock. The band also recorded its January 31,live performance at the Oakland Coliseum Arenawhich would later be marketed as a live album and television special. In February, Creedence were featured on the cover of Rolling Stonealthough only John Fogerty was interviewed in the accompanying article.
In AprilCreedence were set to begin their first European tour. The title was an in-joke about their various rehearsal facilities and factory work ethic over the years. Cosmo's Factory was released in Julyalong with the band's fifth and final No.
Although they topped some international charts and local radio countdowns, Creedence have the odd distinction of having El Cholo - I Know U Do five No. Curiously, on WLSthe band had three No. Other cuts on the Cosmo's Factory album included an eleven-minute jam of the Marvin Gaye " I Heard It Through the Grapevine " a minor hit when an edited version was released as a single inand a nearly note-for-note homage to Roy Orbison 's "Ooby Dooby".
The album was their biggest seller and went to No. The Cosmo's Factory sessions had seen the stirrings of tensions within the foursome as the incessant touring and Mind Playin Tricks On Me - Kottonmouth Kings - Double Dose Vol.
2 recording schedules took their toll. Fogerty resisted, feeling that a "democratic" process would threaten their success. The single's flip side, "Hey Tonight", was also a hit. Tom Fogerty decided he had had enough of his younger brother and resigned from CCR in early after the recording of Pendulum ; his departure was made public the following February.
At first, the remaining members considered replacing him but ultimately continued as a trio. He later stated on an Australian television broadcast that no new member could endure being in CCR. In springJohn Fogerty did an about-face and informed Cook and Clifford that CCR would continue only by adopting a "democratic" approach: each member would now write and perform his own material. Fogerty also would contribute only rhythm guitar to his bandmates' songs.
Cook and Clifford, who had wanted more input in CCR's artistic and business decisions, resisted this arrangement. Fogerty insisted they accept it or he would quit the band. Despite the dissension, the trio put its new work ethic to the test in the studio, releasing the Top 10 single " Sweet Hitch-Hiker " in July Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son , backed with Stu Cook's "Door To Door".
The band toured both the U. In spite of their continuing commercial success, however, relations among the three had become increasingly strained. The album was a critical failure, with Rolling Stone reviewer Jon Landau deeming it "the worst album I have ever heard from a major rock band.
Top By this point, Fogerty was not only at direct odds with his bandmates, but he had also come to see the group's relationship with Fantasy Records as onerous, feeling that label owner Saul Zaentz had reneged on his promise to give the band a better contract.
Cook—who held a degree in business—claimed that because of poor judgment on Fogerty's part, CCR had to abide by the worst record deal of any major US recording artist. Despite the relatively poor reception of Mardi Gras and deteriorated relationships among the remaining band members, CCR embarked upon a two-month, date U.
However, on October 16, —less than six months after the tour ended—Fantasy Records and the band officially announced its disbanding. I was alone when I made that [Creedence] music. I was alone when I made the arrangements, I was alone when I added background vocals, guitars and some Lollipop - Various - 1958 Still Rockin stuff. I was alone when I produced and mixed the albums.
The other guys showed up only for rehearsals and the days we made the actual recordings. For me Creedence was like sitting on a time bomb. We'd had decent successes with our cover of " Susie Q " and with the first album. When we went into the studio to cut " Proud Mary ", it was Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son first time we were in a real Hollywood studio, RCA Records's Los Angeles studio, and the problems started immediately. The other guys in the band insisted on writing songs for the new album, they had opinions on the arrangements, they wanted to sing.
They went as far as adding background vocals to "Proud Mary", and it sounded awful. They used tambourinesand it sounded no better. That's when I understood I had a choice to make. At that point in time we were just a one hit wonder, and "Susie Q" hadn't really been that big a hit. Either this [the new album] would be a success, something really big, or we might as well start working at the car wash again.
There was a big row. We went to an Italian restaurant and I remember that I very clearly told the others that I for one didn't want to go back to the car wash again. Now we had to make the best possible album and it wasn't important who did what, as long as the result was the very best we could achieve.
And of course I was the one who should do it. I don't think the others really understood what I meant, but at least I could manage the situation the way I wanted. The result was eight million-selling double-sided singles in a row and six albums, all of which went platinum. And Melody Maker had us as the best band in the world. That was after the Beatles split, but still. And I was the one who had created all this.
Despite that, I don't think they understood what I was talking about. They were obsessed with the idea of more control and more influence. So finally the bomb exploded and we never worked together again. InFogerty began his solo career with The Blue Ridge Rangershis one-man band collection of country and gospel songs. In Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son end, he refused to work for the label.
In he released his only Asylum album, the self-titled John Fogerty. His next major hit was CenterfieldCreedence Clearwater Revival - Down On The Corner / Fortunate Son chart-topping success in On tour inhowever, Fogerty suffered complaints over his steadfast refusal to perform CCR songs and suffered with recurring vocal problems which he blamed on having to testify in court. Fogerty's explanation for not playing CCR material was that he would have had to pay performance royalties to copyright holder Zaentz, and that it was "too painful" to revisit the music of his past.
Since Fogerty had traded his rights to CCR's songs in to cancel his remaining contractual obligations, Fantasy now owned the rights to "Run Through the Jungle" and sued Fogerty essentially for plagiarizing himself. While a jury ruled in Fogerty's favor, he did settle a defamation suit filed by Zaentz over the songs "Mr.
Greed" and "Zanz Kant Danz". Fogerty was forced to edit the recording, changing the "Zanz" reference to "Vanz". In he also released his second Warner Bros. He retreated from music again in the late s but returned in with the Grammy -winning Blue Moon Swamp.
Fogerty still tours frequently and performs CCR classics alongside solo material. Tom Fogerty released several solo albums, though none reached the success of CCR. Fogerty's solo album Zephyr National was the last to feature the four original CCR band members. Several tracks sound very much like the CCR style, particularly the aptly titled "Joyful Er Som Var - Blända - Minnesmissbruk on which all four Oscar Arias (Read By Roman Polanski) - Various - Voices For Peace played, even though John Fogerty recorded his part separately.
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