There Was A Bad Moon Rising

October 19, 2015

This is the second piece on Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that became very influential in the late 60's. (See also: CCR Became Big Stars - ed.) Their ascension coincided with the spreading of the war in Vietnam, and singer/songwriter John Fogerty had recently been discharged from the Army, which he had hated.  I'll let John Hale give you some background on this song about those turbulant times. -- TDR

 

There was a period of time from roughly the summer of '68 through early 1972 when the Creedence Clearwater Revival was the most popular rock & roll band going. CCR recorded a long string of hits in that short period of time, while featuring something of a throwback, early rock & roll sound.

 

There was little or nothing "psychedelic" about Creedence Clearwater Revival. One of the band's biggest hits was one of it's earliest ones, from 1969. "Bad Moon Rising" sounded like nothing if not a jumped up reworking of rockabilly music, with a terrific vocal lead by John Fogerty.

 

As an aside, despite their huge popularity, Creedence Clearwater Revival never scored a number one hit, not even their monster hit "Proud Mary." However, they would have several of their songs climb up to the runner-up number two position.

 

 

Fortunate Son

 

 

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