“CCR and The Lovin' Spoonful are as close to country as I'll ever get, but when you come to think of it that's pretty damned close. Can you believe that John Fogarty's old band …”
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The late 60's and early 70's saw the rise of complex progressive rock, proto heavy metal and gum pop. Creedence Clearwater Revival was out of these mainstreams. They cut a series of classic three-minute songs featuring singer-songwriter John Fogerty's growling vocals. Their music was economical, straightforward rock and roll. They were the most successful and exhilarating band in the United States during that era.
After adapting the new name Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Fogerty brothers, Cook, and Clifford spent weeks rehearsing their new, tougher sound. In June 1968 Fantasy launched their first album "Creedence Clearwater Revival", and a single, "Suzy Q (Parts 1 & 2)", based on a decade old rock standard by Dale Hawkins.
Despite criticism from various sources, most notably from Rolling Stone magazine, the album earned a gold record status by the end of the year. The pseudo psychedelic rock and roll LP has well stood the test of time, and today it's regarded as one of the most promising debut LPs in the history of rock. The single peaked on the 11th position in the US.
The recordings helped bring engagements in more prestigious rock venues, for instance in the summer of 1968 at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. Extended versions of their early songs peppered their gigs on these early days.
Creedence's second single, Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You", made the charts briefly, and disappeared. ...