Blue Monday (Bayou Bonus)

As the good people at MetaFilter remind us, we are well into the 40th anniversary of the greatest single commercial and artistic year enjoyed by any rock band, anywhere, anytime. Creedence Clearwater Revival started 1969 with their second album, Bayou Country, then put out their third disc, Green River, in August. Their fourth, Willie and the Poor Boys (one of the short list of perfect rock and roll albums – even the filler is great), came out in November. Along the way they released a string of hit singles: “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River” and “Down on the Corner.” Three albums, four singles and not a clinker in the bunch. Can any band top that?

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2 thoughts on “Blue Monday (Bayou Bonus)

  1. mikeb302000 says:

    I was there, so to speak. I have their music in that deepest part of the brain reserved for the music you partied to when you were just beginning to party.

    But, what really got me to love CCR is the part they played in The Big Lebowski.

  2. Chucky says:

    Steven, you got it bass-ackwards. CCR remade “Suzie-Q” and it was a hit on the West Coast late in ’68. Their follow-up was “Proud Mary” … a Number One smash on the WABC Music Power Survey.

    The snobs still drool over pwog rock but the public prefers Music Pow-Pow-Power, all day every day.

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