Grapthar's Song of the Day: Creedence Clearwater Revival ‘Suzie Q’

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CCR - Suzie Q

Creedence Clearwater Revival

are one of the most important American rock bands of all time, whose sound has come to represent the ‘60s and the Vietnam Era more generally, often being used in films and documentaries about the war. While they are known for the southern blues/bayou-rock sort of sound, they actually originated in California, formed by John and his brother Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. The band has an unbelievable number of hits, probably due to Fogerty’s incredibly unique vocal timbre, which has such an intensely emotional, soulful quality to it. Their ability to take blues licks and reform them into something entirely their own locks in their place amongst the rock and roll greats. Wikipedia - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Listen to Suzie Q by CCR here.

This tune is actually a cover version

of a song originally written by Dale Hawkins, from 1957. It had been covered by a number of artists in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, though nowadays this version is probably the best known. According the Wikipedia, this is the only Top 40 hit from CCR that was not written by John Fogerty. It was one of their early hits from their debut self-titled album, released in 1968. This version is the radio one, as the album version is nearly 9 minutes long, with the second half of the song being mostly a jam session.

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