Finally — nearly 50 years after they split — Creedence Clearwater Revival has scored a Number One hit on a Billboard singles charts. The group, led by songwriter John Fogerty, scored a whopping 17 Top 30 era-defining hits between 1968 and 1972 — with no less than four of them stalling at Number Two. At last, the band has topped the charts with their 1970 classic “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” hitting Number One on Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales Chart for two consecutive weeks.
Additionally, Creedence is having a resurgence with their hits “Bad Moon Rising” and “Fortunate Son,” which also landed in the magazine’s Rock Digital Song Sales Top 10, hitting Number Nine and Number 10, respectively. The band’s RIAA Diamond-certified 1976 compilation, Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, recently broke the Top 10 on iTunes’ Top Albums Chart, with the album going one to peak at Number 29 on the Billboard 200.
John Fogerty told us that despite being one of the biggest hit makers of the late-’60s and early-’70s, he can’t tell a hit from a flop — and usually lets others suggest the singles for his albums: [“I’ve learned over time that I seem to have a sense about what is a good song when I really let myself focus and do the work. It seems that later on — what I do when I’m really traveling on all cylinders or working on all cylinders — it seems that those works later on seem to last very well. I couldn’t sit there and say, y’know, ‘Put your money on Number 27 on Tuesday,’ y’know what I’m saying? It’s just, I don’t have that much clairvoyance about it.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . clairvoyance about it)
We asked Creedence drummer Doug Clifford if when the band was walking such a fine line between being an AOR and singles act, where he actually saw the band fitting in: [“I thought we were more of an FM band, because we were right at the epicenter of FM rock — and that’s where we got our first radio play and got started. I think it was sort of an extra little gold chip in the bucket to have the AM success.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . the AM success)
SOURCE: Press release
- Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s 1970 classic “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” has topped the Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales Chart for two consecutive weeks.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival officially disbanded in 1972 and remains one of most successful acts of the late-1960’s and early-’70s, racking up 11 Top 20 hits in under four years.
- Seeds of the band’s demise came when co-founder 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 original foursome reunited only once, when they briefly jammed at Tom Fogerty’s 1980 wedding.
- Tom Fogerty died of AIDS following a blood transfusion in 1990, without reconciling with John. Due to personal and business conflicts, in 1993 John barred Stu Cook and Doug Clifford from performing with him at CCR’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Since 1995, Cook and Clifford have toured successfully as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.