Behind the band name: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival rarely sang about love. Instead, they asked “Have you ever seen the rain?” and watched the bad moon rise. The quartet were consequently known for their lyrics about life in the United States – often in a swamp-rock nostalgia – with references to the troubles of the Vietnam War.

But you already knew that. You can hear these themes and inspirations in every inch of their discography. What is curious, however, is the name of his group: Creedence Clearwater Revival. Who is it? Or what is it? Let’s dive into it.

How the name Creedence Clearwater Revival was born.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was first named The Blue Velvets. The group – made up of brothers John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford – had started playing together in 1959 after John recruited his two school friends Cook and Clifford. And they went through The Blue Velvets, then The Golliwogs, and finally Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Their final group name, which was decided in 1967, came from three different places or three separate sources, depending on Uncut. “Creedence” was the name of one of Tom’s friends, believed to be a man named Credence Newball. “Clearwater” came from watching a beer ad, probably from an Olympia Beer ad campaign. And finally, the most important of the three for the group, “Revival”. “Revival” was the moniker that declared a return to ’50s rock ‘n’ roll and a return to music after the tumultuous period of the Vietnam War.

So basically the name of the band is made up of three different stories. One word means little without the other two.

Success as Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The band, as they are best known, were active from 1959 to 1972. Despite their fairly long career, and even longer considering the early iterations of the band, CCR enjoyed their peak success in 1969 and 1970. C It was around this time that the band released their second studio album, Bayou Country, who gained wide recognition for her tracks “Born on the Bayou” and “Proud Mary”.

Shortly after, the band posted fan favorites on their green river and Pendulum scrapbooks. Given their popularity in the late 60s and early 70s, it has become rare to do not see a Creedence Clearwater Revival song top the charts. The band had staked their claim on the hearts of rock fans, and they weren’t going anywhere. At least not on the charts.

Band break.

Creedence Clearwater Revival officially disbanded in 1972. John had slowly grown dissatisfied with the way the band was run. He would eventually leave the band and thus mark the end of the band’s most successful era. In a 1997 interview, John revealed how his frustrations got the better of him when it came to keeping the band together.

“I was alone when I did this [CCR] music,” John said. “I was alone when I did the arrangements, I was alone when I added background vocals and guitars and other stuff. I was alone when I produced and mixed the albums. other guys only came for rehearsals and the days we did the actual recordings.To me, Creedence was like sitting on a ticking time bomb.

“And I created all of this. Despite that, I don’t think they understood what I was talking about. … They were obsessed with having more control and more influence. Eventually the bomb went off and we never worked together again.

It just goes to show that all good things come to an end. Luckily for us, we can still listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival music from their heyday.

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