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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1967–72)

If John Fogerty (vocals, guitar), Tom Fogerty (guitar), Stuart Cook (bass) and Doug Clifford (drums) were Californian hippy in appearance, their music harked back to the energy and stylistic cliches of 1950s rock’n’roll, and their spiritual home seemed to be the swamplands of the Deep South, as instanced in titles like ‘Born On The Bayou’. After 1969’s ‘Proud Mary’ all but topped the US chart, they reached a global audience too with ‘Bad Moon Rising’ at No. 1 in Australia and Britain, and comparable figures for the likes of ‘Green River’, ‘Down On The Corner’, ‘Travelin’ Band’, ‘Up Around The Bend’ and attendant albums that met favour with heavy rock and mainstream pop fans alike. The winning streak came to an end in 1972. Following disbandment, chief among composer John Fogerty’s solo hits was 1975’s ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ – adopted as a signature tune by Status Quo.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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