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Creedence Clearwater Revival
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just where do you think that you were in 1970? Yes, I care. But maybe not as much as you, but when all has been said, you do care. Otherwise when I first mentioned Creedence Clearwater Revival in my headline, did I see your eyes grow wider? And your fingers started scrolling down this piece, but in all honesty, you thought that I was former Rolling Stone editor, Cameron Crowe. For that illusion, I do apologize, but truth be told, I was a big CCR fan along with my best friend, Dwight “Oz” Ausborn, both of Hamilton, Ala., which without slurring our town, CCR was about THE biggest thing going in this small, rural town. But we still love it.
In 1970, “Oz” and I were struggling to pass 10th grade at (guess where) Hamilton High School, home of the Aggies! But in the early 70’s, there was a mist-of-a-shape called paradigm shift that was just hiding outside our offices in the school building. That paradigm was the many Rock and Rollers saying farewell to the likes of Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix. The last one has never made any sense to me, but unless you have lived for years in our hometown, then you are comparable to the man looking on the outside of something going on.
The Rock fans did bid a tearful good-bye, but “Oz” and I kept our ground and kept listening to CCR LPs, 45s and to the radio which in our days was WVOK, the Mighty 690, 100,000 Watts, Bessemer, Al., and we loved this rock format of this “monster” of a station. Yes, the Mighty 690 played CCR long and frequently—and “Oz” was like yours truly, after school, he and I (of course in our separate homes) would tune-in to WVOK, then write down how many times CCR was played between 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., we even went rebellious against our parents and stayed on rocking until midnight.
We Compiled Our Own List of CCR Favorite Songs:
“Suzy Q,” written by Dale Hawkins, then rerecorded in 1968 by CCR. The beat was easy to keep and we could sing this song over and over.
“Born on The Bayou” written by John Fogerty was one of our favorite CCR songs.
“Long as I Can See The Light” also written by John Fogerty, which was a blues-based soulful song that we loved.
“Up Around The Bend” by John Fogerty was a grinding rock song, very edgy and loud. We listened to this one song until we knew the lyrics by heart.
Other songs that CCR released and we loved were:
“Looking Out My Back Door”; “Cotton Fields,” and “Looking For a Reason” And believe me, I could go for the rest of the night, and possibly tomorrow, but that would require by best friend, “Oz” to roll-up into my driveway and fire-up some CCR music, just like the ones I know that he still plays and I can say that when I listen to CCR myself because honestly, I am a card-carrying CCR Freak.
According to Various Sources
Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as CCR) was an American rock band in the late 1960s and early 1970s which was about lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty; his brother rhythm guitarist, Tom Fogerty; bassist Stu Cook; and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played consistently since 1959, first as The Blue Velvets and then The Golliwogs. Their musical style eclipsed early roots rock,swamp and blues rock. CCR played in a Southern rock style, despite their San Francisco Bay Area birth, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular segments of Southern United States iconography, add the political and socially conscious lyrics about topics highlighting the Vietnam War.CCR performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York. These guys had nerves of steel.
Sadly and with poisoned-feelings, the group disbanded acrimoniously in late 1972 after four years of chart-topping success. Tom Fogerty had officially left the year before, and John was at odds with the remaining members over matters of business and artistic control, all of which resulted in nasty lawsuits among the former band-mates. Fogerty's ongoing verbal onslaught with Fantasy Records owner, Saul Zaentzcreated further protracted court war zones, and John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving members at CCR's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To the current CCR, blood was NOT thicker than waer.
Creedence Clearwater Revival's music is still a lasting example of US radio airplay; the band has sold 28 million records in the United States alone. Rolling Stone ranked them 82nd on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Right now. But if you are a Rock fan, then you know while the darkness covers all, some plans are made and nailed to come back although they arrive in a different suit and color.
August 23, 2019_________________________________________
© 2019 Kenneth Avery