Unquestionably one of the greatest American rock bands ever, Creedence Clearwater Revival will best be remembered for their unique bayou sound popularized in songs like "Proud Mary" and "Green River." Although their music evoked the raw, gospel-tinged sound of the rural South, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and Tom and John Fogerty actually hailed from El Cerrito, California, a small town near Berkeley.
The 1968 release of the band's debut album Creedence Clearwater Revival paralleled the flowering of the San Francisco music scene, but the Creedence phenomenon had little in common with the "San Francisco Sound." That first LP contained rock standards such as Dale Hawkins's "Susie Q" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You," as well as original material by John Fogerty, who was to emerge as one of rock's most influential songwriters.
With the release of their second album, Bayou Country, in 1969 it became evident that Creedence had an uncanny knack for writing hits. Bayou Country is chock full of classics and much-played album tracks including “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” the Little Richard cover “Good Golly Miss Molly,” the eight-minute plus “Graveyard Train” and the seven-minute plus “Keep on Choogling.” By 1970, CCR had undeniably become the number one American rock and roll attraction.
1. Born On The Bayou
3. Graveyard Train
4. Good Golly Miss Molly
5. Penthouse Pauper
6. Proud Mary
7. Keep On Chooglin’