Happy birthday John Fogerty!
Today’s pearl comes from none other than Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American band hailing from San Francisco. Despite their Pacific roots, they played music rooted in the deep south, invoking bayous and catfish, as well as some political issues surrounding the Vietnam War. Their big hits are Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, and Lodi, to name a few.
John Fogerty wrote most of the songs for CCR, and they actually began playing together in 1959 under the name The Blue Velvets, then in 1964 switched to The Golliwogs after a children’s fantasy character. They landed on Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967 because Tom Fogerty’s friend was named Credence, they saw a commercial advertising “clear water” beer and the four members had a renewed commitment to the band. Their first top 40 hit Suzie Q. initiated what would be a very brief time period of success. The band broke up in 1972, but left some really great stuff.
The Pearly today is “Wrote a Song for Everyone.” This slow song with a great beat has some really deep lyrics, referring back a time in Fogerty’s life when he was younger and had a difficult time connecting with his wife, even though he was able to “write a song for everyone.” The slow guitar solo doesn’t sound terribly complex, but the way it moves within a mellow drum beat and the bass line holding the song together makes it one of my favorite, slower guitar solos. Kick your feet back and enjoy a lyrical masterpiece from CCR with today’s Rock Pearl!