Why You Should Never Forget CCR's Woodstock Performance

A sleepy performance by the Grateful Dead and a ginormous veto from the one and only John Fogerty resulted in an undocumented performance at Woodstock by the legendary band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Also known as CCR, this band was formed in California in 1965. And after a few complications in the band, the lineup consisted of guitarist and lead vocalist John Fogerty, guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and finally the drummer Doug Clifford. They are best known for their top hit songs and recorded albums.

From 1969 to 1970, CCR ruled the rock charts with their “Swamp Rock” style. Their second hit album “Bayou Country” reached number seven on the Billboard charts in 1969. Then shortly after their single from the album Bayou Country “Proud Mary” reached number two on the billboard and later was known as the most covered song. As weeks and months went by after the release of Proud Mary, “Bad Moon Rising” was released and hit number two on the charts. Then shortly after the third album came about “Green River” the title track hit number two on the charts. At the late hours of the night, CCR took the stage for an exhausted Woodstock crowd who had just finished mellowing out to a crazy long Grateful Dead performance. John Fogerty, the lead singer for CCR, refused to allow the crowd to fall asleep. He also refused to allow the concert to be put on the documentary as he felt the circumstances created a horrible performance that was not good enough to be documented. The problems which arose during the Woodstock performance persuaded the band to disregard it altogether.

Eventually, four songs of the set were released in the 1994 box set, but the original Woodstock soundtrack and the amazing film are completely void of any CCR footage. CCR broke up in 1972 after the harsh dispute that arose between John and Tom Fogerty. CCR planned on replacing Tom Fogertym but never did. CCR is known as a great classic rock band due to their short, attention-jerking songs that attract a very wide variety of listeners. They are said to be part of country rock, alt-country, and sometimes punk rock. The band’s sound was built on the rock-ribbed rhythm section of cook and Clifford and Tom Fogerty’s amazing rhythm guitar. But its distinctiveness came from John Fogerty’s musicality. Fogerty’s guitar playing placed a premium on concision and melody, as he established pop staples.

Credence would continue to make remarkable albums for another year before imploding, and then all but vanished. In a post-CCR legal and personal struggle, Fogerty refrained from performing the classic songs he had written, performed, and produced. Things slowly began to turn around in the nineties a few CCR songs appeared on Woodstock soundtracks. Though he and his bandmates never settled their differences, Fogerty remains on the path to reclaiming the legacy of one of rock’s greatest bands of all time CCR. The release of Creedence Clearwater Revival live at Woodstock is another long-overdue step in that journey.  

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