As mentioned on the Loon Morning Show with Danny and Mac this morning, Creedence Clearwater Revival officially disbanded on this date in 1972. CCR was one of most successful acts of the late-1960’s and early-’70s, racking up 11 Top 20 hits in under four years. Tom Fogerty left the previous year. Tom had been chafing artistically under the leadership of his younger brother John Fogerty, who wrote, sang, and produced the band’s music, including such classics such as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” “Down On The Corner,” “Up Around The Bend,” “Born On The Bayou,” and many others.
The saddest part of the story is that relationships were never mended. John accused his former bandmates of siding with record company executives rather than trying to free him from what he saw as an unfair record contract. After releasing two solo albums, Fogerty held back a third in a contract dispute and essentially retired for a nearly a decade until resurfacing with 1985’s critically acclaimed Centerfield. Tom died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in 1990, and John barred Cook and Clifford from performing with him at CCR’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Okay, here’s the good news. In commemoration of CCR’s 50th anniversary, on November 30th, all seven of the band’s classic albums are being reissued in a deluxe box set. The albums — Creedence Clearwater Revival; Bayou Country; Green River; Willy And The Poor Boys; Cosmo’s Factory; Pendulum, and Mardi Gras — have been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios. According to the official announcement: “The 180-gram LP’s come housed in handsome tip-on jackets replicating the packaging of the original pressings. Along with the complete studio album collection comes an 80-page book featuring new liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival photos and reproductions of band ephemera — offering something for both new and the most diehard of Creedence fans.”
And Finally, John is playing this week in Vegas!
Here’s a flashback for you.