John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, Stu Cook


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Phoenix Memorial Colliseum – 9/19/69

Appeared with Poco & Framework

Creedence Clearwater Revival & Poco Concert Poster

Creedence Clearwater Revival & Poco Concert Poster

Credence Clearwater Revival - "Willie and the Poor Boys"

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Willie and the Poor Boys”

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – Formed 1969, El Cerrito, California. John Fogerty (b. May 28, 1945, Berkeley, Californai), guitar, vocals, harmonica, sax, piano; Tom Fogerty (b. Nov. 9, 1941, Berkeley, California), guitar; Stu Cook (b. Apr. 25, 1946, Oakland, California), bass; Doug “Cosmo” Clifford (b. Apr. 24, 1945, Palo Alto, California), drums.

The group had suffered a setback in 1966 when the draft board called upon John Fogerty and Doug Clifford for military service. Fogerty managed to enlist in the Army Reserve instead of the regular Army while Clifford did a tenure in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.

In 1967, Saul Zaentz purchased Fantasy Records from Weiss and offered the band a chance to record a full-length album, but only if the group changed its name. Never having liked The Golliwogs, the foursome readily agreed. Zaentz and the band agreed to come up with ten suggestions each, but he enthusiastically agreed to their first: Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band took the three elements from, first, Tom Fogerty’s friend Credence Newball, (to whose first name Credence they added an extra ‘e’, making it resemble a faith or creed); second, “clear water” from a TV commercial for Olympia beer; and finally “revival”, which spoke to the four members’ renewed commitment to their band. Rejected contenders for the band’s name included ‘Muddy Rabbit’, ‘Gossamer Wump’, and ‘Creedence Nuball and the Ruby’, but the last was the start that led to their finalized name.

By 1968, Fogerty and Clifford had been discharged from military service. All four members subsequently quit their jobs and began a heavy schedule of rehearsing and playing area clubs full-time.[citation needed] AM radio programmers around the United States took note when a song from the LP, “Suzie Q”, received substantial airplay in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as on Chicago’s WLS.[citation needed] A remake of a 1956 song by rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins, “Suzie Q” was the band’s second single, and its first to crack the Top 40. Reaching No. 11 nationally, it would be Creedence’s only Top 40 hit not written by John Fogerty. Two other singles from the debut were released: a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You” (which made it to No. 58) and “Porterville” (released on the Scorpio label with writing credited to “T. Spicebush Swallowtail”), written during John Fogerty’s Army Reserve stint.



  • 1968 – Credence Clearwater Revival (Fantasy)
  • 1969 – Bayou Country
  • 1969 – Green River
  • 1969 – Willie and the Poor Boys
  • 1970 – Cosmo’s Factory
  • 1970 – Pendulum
  • 1971 – (-T. Fogerty)
  • 1972 – Mardi Gras
  • 1972 – CREEDENCE Gold
  • 1973 – More CREEDENCE Gold
  • 1973 – Live in Europe
  • 1976 – Chronicle
  • 1980 – Live at Albert Hall


Credence Clearwater Revival – Born On The Bayou – 1969



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