The original roots rockers, Creedence Clearwater Revival championed straightforward rock 'n' roll in a time and place where psychedelic excess was in full bloom. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter John Fogerty, they were influenced by blues, country, and 50s rock 'n' roll, adding a swampy tinge to their sound, even though they came from Northern California. Though their style was simple, their hooks were indelible, and Fogerty's lyrics mixed swamp imagery with sharp sociopolitical insight. In the late 60s and early 70s they scored an incredible string of hits that remain among the finest and most influential tunes in all of rock 'n' roll. Unfortunately, tensions between the band members resulted in CCR's breakup in 1972. Fogerty eventually went on to a long, fruitful solo career.
Followers: The Blasters, Los Lobos, The Long Ryders, Jason & The Nashville Scorchers, The Beat Farmers