Creedence Clearwater Revival Biography
The origin of this Rock & Roll band can be traced back to the late '50s when two brothers, the singer+guitarists John and Tom Fogerty, formed The Blue Velvets in El Cerrito, California USA, with bass player Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford; the quartet began performing around the Bay Area and in 1964 signed a contract with Fantasy Records, who asked them to change their name to Golliwogs before the release of a series of singles; the group was finally re-christened Creedence Clearwater Revival by late 1967.
The next summer, the band released the eponymous debut album which cracked
The U.S. Pop Albums chart on the strenght of the rock standards such as
"Suzie Q" and "I Put A Spell On You" the latter of
which became their first U.S. Pop Singles chart entry at #58.
At the start of 1969 was issued "Bayou Country", the Creedence's second effort reached the #7 in the U.S. Albums chart and yielded the transatlantic smash "Proud Mary" which hit #2 on the Pop Singles chart Stateside and entered the top 10 in the U.K. chart; the quartet released in August, that same year, "Green River" their first #1 album in the States, the record contained two U.S. top 3 hit singles, the title-track and "Bad Moon Rising", the latter also soared to the top spot in the British chart; "Commotion" scraped the lower reaches of the American top 30 and "Lodi" became a minor hit.
Their fourth LP, "Willy And The Poorboys", was released before the year's end, going straight to #2 on The Official U.S. Pop Albums list, it generated two further top 20 singles including the #3 "Down On The Corner" and "Fortunate Son".
In July 1970 the band issued "Cosmo's Factory", their second American #1 album, the record included no less than four #2 smash singles: "Travelin' Band", "Looking Out My Back Door", "Long As I Can See The Light" and "Who'll Stop The Rain" plus two #4 hits: "Up Around The Bend" and "Run Through The Jungle".
The Creedence's sixth effort, "Pendulum", arrived in December, it peaked at #5 in U.S. Pop Albums chart and generated two top 10 single cuts: "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" and "Hey Tonight" which cemented their reputation of strong hit-singles machines.
In early 1971 Tom Fogerty left the band for a solo album, the group's next effort, "Mardi Gras", was recorded as a three-piece and came out in April of 1972, it reached the #12 in the U.S. Pop chart spawning "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" which reached the #6 on the Pop Singles chart and the top 30 hit, "Someday Never Comes".
Creedence Clearwater Revival was officially disbanded in July, that same year, John Fogerty debuted with his solo project in 1973, his older brothers, Tom, continued to play music until the the early '80s but died in 1990 from tuberculosis.