Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1970

Creedence+Clearwater+Revi+Wholl+Stop+The+Rain CoverSix Top Five US hits and never a #1 – little more than five years together – one of the great bands of the 70s; CCR or Creedence Clearwater Revival; in 1970 they had a double-sided hit single; Who’ll Stop the Rain and Travellin’ Band.

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  • John Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford formed The Blue Velvets (sometimes called, The Golliwogs) way back in 1959.  They played gigs and sometimes backed John’s big brother Thomas.  Eventually Tom joined the band.
  • In 1967, the boys were offered a recording contract but it came with one proviso – they had to change the name of the band!  The boys went away with a challenge; to each come up with ten possible names.
  • That’s how, in January, 1968, they came to be known as Creedence Clearwater Revival.  According to the boys, the name came from three sources:
  1. Tom’s mate Credence Newball, whose name they changed to form the word Creedence,
  2. A television commercial for Olympia beer (“clear water”); and
  3. The four members’ renewed commitment to their band.
  • CCR 3Over the coming years the band produced eight studio albums including the four times platinum, Cosmo’s Factory; and had at least 23 hit singles.  Never a #1 but six of them made the top five.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and, in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine ranked CCR at #82.
  • The band members went their separate ways in 1972 – all continue to be involved in the music industry.

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  • Who’ll Stop the Rain was written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival for their 4xPlatinum 1970 album Cosmo’s Factory.
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain was one of three double-sided hits released by Creedence Clearwater Revival from Cosmo’s Factory.  In this case, the single was backed with Travelin’ Band.
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain peaked at #2 on the US singles charts and #8 on the UK charts.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Who’ll Stop the Rain at #188 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • The meaning of the song has been long debated, some claiming it was a call to end the war in Vietnam.  Here’s what John said about his song;

Well, this next song has a bit of a fable surrounding it. A lot of folks seem to think I sang this song at Woodstock way back then. No. I was at Woodstock 1969… I think. It was a nice event. I’m a California kid. I went up there and saw a whole bunch of really nice young people. Hairy. Colorful. It started to rain, and got really muddy, and then (yelling) half a million people took their clothes off!!! (Normal voice again) Boomer generation making its presence known I guess. Anyway, then I went home and wrote this song.

  • Artists to have covered Who’ll Stop the Rain include: Bruce Springsteen, The Stereophonics, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bob Seger (as a duet with John Fogerty), Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, and Bill Haley and the Comets.
  • John Fogerty signed away legal control of his old recordings to Fantasy Records, a move he may have come to regret as they have allowed his songs to be used in all manner of commercials.  John once said;

Folks will remember Forrest Gump and that was a great movie, but they don’t remember all the really poor movies that Fantasy Records stuck Creedence music into: car commercials, tire commercials. I’m remembering a paint thinner ad at one point,(actually, it was Thompson’s Water Seal) the song “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. Oh, boy. That’s clever, isn’t it?

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