Creedance Clearwater Revival – Biography
Creedence Clearwater Revival or CCR for short consist of lead vocalist guitarist and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Formed in the early 60s, the band signed up with Fantasy Records in 1964.
2 of the group’s members, John Fogerty and Doug Clifford was drafted for military service in 1966 and the band suffered a setback with 2 members out of the picture. In 1967, the group took on the name Creedence Clearwater Revival after the new owner of Fantasy Records, Saul Zaentz offered to record a full-length album for them if they agreed on the name.
Creedence Clearwater Revival re-grouped in 1968, when Fogerty and Clifford were finally discharged from military service. They quit their day jobs to concentrate on their music career full time. The group went on to make waves releasing hit recordings right up to 1970 when things went on a decline when members started to have a difference of opinions.
Despite the differences, CCR still managed to release the Top 10 single “Sweet Hitch-Hiker” in July 1971. However, the impact was felt later on when they made their final album, Mardi Gras did not do too well.
After many unhappy events, in October 16, 1972 Fantasy Records and the band officially announced the disbanding of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
However, even as members of CCR went different ways, their music lives on.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.They were ranked at 82 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time