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

November 19, 2015

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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Rockin’ All Over the World – Status Quo – 1977

October 11, 2012

A cover of John Fogerty’s Rockin’ All Over the World, gave Status Quo a huge UK hit in 1977.

maintaining the status quo

Since I’ve been dabbling with this seventiesmusic blog I’ve been amazed by the number of bands of that era who are still performing. And, almost half a century since they formed, Status Quo is one of them.

The group began in 1962 under the name, The Spectres. In 1967 they morphed to The Status Quo and then, in 1969 settled on plain, Status Quo.

In all that time (well most of it) two guys, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, have remained central to the band.

a plethora of platters

Status Quo have certainly been busy over those 50 years. Since their first hit – Pictures of Matchstick Men in 1968 – they have recorded over 60 UK chart hits. That’s more than any other rock group. 22 of them have reached the Top Ten.

btw – trivia

The band’s first single, Pictures of Matchstick Men, is also their only US top 40 single.

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  • Rockin’ All Over the World was written by ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival band member, John Fogerty. It first appeared on his self-titled second solo album (1975). Released as a single it peaked at #27 on the US charts but was somewhat harshly critiqued by music critics.
  • Status Quo’s version of Rockin’ All Over the World was released as a single in 1977. It featured on their album of the same name.
  • I’ve tried to find the original music video of this song because, when it was recorded, Alan Lancaster the bass player, was living in Australia. He refused to return for the recording and so he was replaced by a dummy with a bass guitar wrapped around its neck!
  • In 1985, Rockin’ All Over the World became the unofficial anthem of Live Aid. Status Quo were the opening act and began with this song. It was then used for subsequent promos for the event.
  • Then, in 2005, at Live 8, Coldplay revived the moment by performing a portion of the song.
  • Cover versions have been performed by The Georgia Satellites and Bon Jovi, Carl Wilson, The Beach Boys, and Bruce Springsteen.
  • Rockin’ All Over the World lyrics.

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rockin’ all over the world – john fogerty – 1975 – video

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