Sometimes you get a song stuck in your head. It may come from a past memory. A smell could trigger it. You see something on televison. Or maybe conversation is the inspiration.
I just had one of those moments. I kind of felt like Billy Pilgrim; caught in the chrono-synclastic-infundibulum. (My appologies to Kurt Vonnegut).
The song that bubbled up from my memories was “Keep on Chooglin” by Creedence Clearwater Revival..
Imagine my happy surprise when I found a live version on YouTube. So here is a ripping live version:
A sad story of this band was that John Fogerty, sold all of the rights of his songs to his record producer. So he gets zero royalties from any of this music, including his most covered song: Proud Mary. (Think Tina Turner).
Years later, when he released a new album, he was sued by the same producer, because he sounded to much like himself!
He testified with guitar in hand, playing riffs of his songs before a judge.
The entire matter was appealed and ended up in the laps of the Supreme Court. Eventually he ended up winning the lawsuit and recovered all of his court costs. You can read about the lawsuit, here.
Ah, American justice.
I just love this band. They were rough and dirty. They played their own brand of Rock and Roll.
They had lots of in-fighting that ended up disbanding an incredible group of musicians.
Here is my personal pick, which contains their entire catalogue:
Here is another one of my favorite Creedence Jams: Suzie Q The following was recorded live at the Filmore West March 14, 1969. That’s 40 years ago…but who’s counting?
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