Also known as

CCR

Origin

El Cerrito, California, USA

Genres

Rock, Roots Rock, Swamp Rock 

Years active

1959 - 1972

Labels

Fantasy

Website

www.johnfogerty.com

Members

John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford

 

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band who gained popularity in the late 1960s and early '70s with a string of successful songs from multiple albums released in 1968, 1969 and 1970. The band is often referred to as Creedence or simply as CCR.

The group consisted of singer, lead guitarist, and primary writer John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bass player Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed early roots rock and so-called swamp rock genres and their songs are often cited as examples of American classic rock.

CCR's music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and often figures in various media.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was somewhat unfashionable in rock circles during their heyday because they concentrated on tightly-focused, well-crafted, and short songs created to appeal to everyone. Unlike most other rock artists of the day, they eschewed drug use and did not contribute significantly to progressive activism—although they were all against the war in Vietnam, and they contributed substantial money to the American Indian Movement.

Even in the immediate years after breaking up, Creedence's stature as one of the great American rock bands was secure. The music went on to influence entire genres such as heartland rock, country rock, alt-country, and even punk and heavy metal musicians revere the band. Decades later, CCR's music remains in heavy rotation on oldies and classic rock radio stations. Fogerty's songs, considered classics of the rock form, have been covered by multiple artists, and many artists express both admiration and envy over Creedence's mastery of the two-and-a-half minute hit single. "Fortunate Son" in particular has become a universal anthem against war, class privilege, and jingoism. Creedence songs frequently appear in films and on television, and indeed the band continues to attract young fans born long after the band split up.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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