September 7, 2012
John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford recorded as the Golliwogs in 1964 without much success. When They changed their name to Credeence Clearwater, they began a journey that would end in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Their first single, “Susie Q,” reached number 11 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. Their second single was a cover of an old Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic. “I Put A Spell On You” was the lowest charting single of their career peaking at number 58 during late 1968. It would be followed by one of the definitive singles of the era, “Proud Mary,” which was a very different sound then some of their raw early work.
Creedence holds the dubious record of having had the most number two singles (5) without ever having a chart topper. But as Bill Murray once said, “It just doesn’t matter,” as they remain one of the most respected American rock bands.
March 27, 2012
Creedence Clearwater is the answer to a great music trivia question. What artist had the most number two hits (5) on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart but never a number one.
“Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son” was a great two-sided single. “Down On The Corner” was the A side and it reached number three on the singles chart. It was a typical Creedence catchy rock song that just stayed with you for days.
“Fortunate Son” was a hit in its own right reaching number 14. It was one of the most scathing anti-war songs of all time as it citicized children of privilege.
Released during the fall of 1969, it was one of the better single releases of its era.
February 6, 2012
John Fogerty has reached The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with Creedence Clearwater and has also had a long and successful solo career. At the beginning of his solo career he recorded as the Blue Ridge Rangers, which had him playing all the instruments.
He released a cover of the classic Hank Williams songs, “Jambalaya,” December 2, 1972, and it reached number 16 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
“Jambalaya” may have been a county song but Fogerty gave it a rocking rendition. It remains one of his best solo effots.
August 28, 2011
“I Heard It Through The Grapevine/Good Golly Miss Molly” were released as a single, Jan. 31, 1976, which was long after the band had dissolved.
“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” was originally an 11 minute track on 1970s COSMOS FACTORY, while “Good Golly Miss Molly” had first appeared on 1969’s BAYOU COUNTRY.
The single only reached number 43 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart but deserved better. It may have been they were cover songs or the band was out of the public mind.
Creedence Clearwater remains one of the most revered bands in American history and while these two songs may not be their most memerable, but they were still very good.
October 31, 2010
Creedence Clearwater issued a number of high quality singles. Most sounded as if they were straight from the bayou and many had an ominous sound.
An exception to this rule was the up-temo/rocking “Looking Out My Back Door.” It was a joyful song of imagination as one looked out their back door to behold all manner of sights.
The song would be their fifth to reach the number two position on The United States singles charts. They would also have a number three and a four but amazingly never a number one hit in their home country.
The music was almost shuffle rock ‘n’ roll as it percolated along. It is one of the more joyful songs in the large Creedence catalogue.
October 20, 2010
A great up-tempo rock sound from Creedence Clearwater. The vocal that kicks off the song is worth the price of admission. It was also part of a double hit single as “Who’ll Stop The Rain” was the B side.
It reached the number two position on THE BILLBOARD MAGAZINE pop singles charts during 1970.
Creedence Clearwater would have five number two singles but never a number one making them the answer to the trvia question of who had the most number two’s without reaching the top of the charts. Just for the record they also had a number three.
The release, which came with a picture sleeve, remains one of the best songs in Creedence’s excellent catalogue.
September 28, 2010
“Fortunate Son” remains one of the most biting and critical anti-war and anti-political songs in rock history.
Originally released during the second half of 1969 as The Vietnam War was reaching its climax, it focused on the rich sons of the priviledged who did not have to serve in the military.
It made its first appearance as the flip side of the “Down On The Corner” single release. “Down On The Corner” reached number four on The United States singles charts and “Fortunate Son” made it a double hit release reaching number twelve.
It was a rollincking and in places vicious guitar based track. This rock anthem by John Fogerty has rung down through American music history.