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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
An apparently sleepy performance by the Grateful Dead and a firm veto by singer John Fogerty resulted in an undocumented performance at Woodstock by legendary rock outfit Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The California based rock outfit was formed in 1965, and after a few shuffles within the band, the lineup consisted of lead guitarist and lyricist John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford.
They are best known for hit songs on their recorded albums. From the years of 1969 to 1970, CCR ruled the rock charts with their “swamp rock” style. Their second album “Bayou Country” reached #7 on the Billboard charts. From that album, the single “Proud Mary” reached #2 on the Billboard chart and would later be their most covered song. Mere weeks after “Proud Mary” was released “Bad Moon Rising” was released and hit #2 on the charts. Their third album “Green River” was released and the title track hit #2 on the charts.
At the wee hours of the night, CCR took the stage for a sleepy Woodstock crowd who had just finished mellowing out to an arduously long performance by the Grateful Dead. John Fogerty of CCR refused to allow the concert to be put on the documentary as he felt that the circumstances created a performance was not good enough to be documented.
The problems which shrouded the Woodstock performance persuaded the band to disregard it all together. Eventually four songs of the set were released in the 1994 commemorative box set, but the original Woodstock 1969 soundtrack and film is completely void of any Creedence footage.
CCR disbanded in 1972 after harsh dispute surfaced between John and Tom Fogerty which resulted in Tom’s departure from the band. CCR planned on replacing Tom Fogerty, but never did. CCR is hailed as a great classic rock outfit due to their short, attention grabbing songs that attract a wide variety of listeners. They are said to have influenced country rock, alt- country, and even punk rock.
Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. John Fogerty continues his solo career and still plays tracks by CCR alongside his own material.