A Photolog of Fame: Creedence Clearwater Revival from Inception to Breakup
Creedence Clearwater Revival, or CCR, is an influential American rock band in the 1960s-70s. Though they came from the San Francisco Bay area, they often incorporated elements of southern U.S. culture in their music. Their songs also often contained political commentary on the issues of the day, such as the Vietnam War.
The band consisted of John Fogerty as lead vocalist and guitarist and his brother Tom Fogerty on rhythm guitar. Bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford round up the lineup.
John, Stu, and Doug started playing together as the Blue Velvets. Tom joined them and, in 1964, the band signed with Fantasy Records and took on the name Golliwogs.
In 1966, John and Doug received draft notices and enlisted in the military. In 1967, Saul Zaentz bought Fantasy Records and asked the band to change its name. They became Creedence Clearwater Revival, and after John and Doug received their discharge in 1968, they finished and released their self-titled debut album.
Bayou Country (1969), Green River (1969), Willy and the Poor Boys (1969), and Cosmo’s Factory (1970) followed. Tom then left the band, and the others continued, but internal discord let to their breakup in 1972. Their last album was Mardi Gras (1972).