The Music in My Head – 1/29/18  Creedence Clearwater Revival “Who’ll Stop The Rain”

You might think they’re from the Bayou ….Maybe New Orleans. Their “Swamp Rock” seems to celebrate life involving the Mississippi River, Creatures of the swamp, and whatever’s happen in Cajun Country. Actually, Creedence Clearwater Revival is from the San Francisco area in California. CCR was almost the Soundtrack of our lives back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, with hit after hit after hit. They seemed to always be on the radio. JOHN FOGERTY and Creedence even appeared at Woodstock, which cemented their reputation for no-nonsense rock and roll. Fogerty was the mastermind behind the band, was the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. His brother,
Tom Fogerty played rhythm guitar, Stu Cook was the bassist, and Doug Clifford was the drummer. Much like Brian Wilson, who was the dominating figure in The Beach Boys, John Fogerty was the clear leader of CCR, which led to some real problems with the band members getting along, and eventually to its break-up. While they were together, though, the guys cranked out some great music, most of it written by Fogerty.

“Proud Mary.” “Green River.” “Bad Moon Rising.” “Down On The Corner,” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” A great Vietnam protest song called “Fortunate Son,” which has been used in countless movies and TV shows. There was “Run Through The Jungle,” “Lodi,” and a great version of “Suzie Q.” Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” got the CCR treatment. And I could literally go on and on, there were so many. The song that’s in my head this morning, though, has to do with the weather. I went to bed last night thinking, “Gee, it’s been raining all day…Is this ever going to stop?” And VOILA! I woke up this morning with CCR’s song, “Who’ll Stop The Rain?” in my head! That’s just how these things work sometimes. So here it is. I want to share it with you now!