Rus Articles Journal

How the CREEDENCE group wrote down hits about Suzy Cue, Proud Mary and the Nasty Moon? To birthday of John Fogerti of

the Group with intricate and almost untranslatable name CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (yes what there - KRIDENS is simple) at us is known, first of all, on a hit “Have You Ever Seen The Rain“ though some are still convinced that it is the song of SMOKIE group. And in the American movies of a song of KRIDENS sound with persuasive constancy, and often sound not just like that, and in a subject and with value.

For example, Bruce Willis in fourth “Die Hard“ constantly listens to this group, and all understand that he is a person traditional, an old school and the original American.

The matter is that for the USA CREEDENCE - not just group, and the whole symbol of truly American music in which originally merged fate, folk, the blues, a country... As the group very much “on - southern“ sounded, for their style even thought up the name “swamp-rock“ (“marsh fate“). First many considered that CREEDENCE from Louisiana, and some even suspected that they are the black. Information that children it is from California brought into bewilderment, and one fan so took offense at the fact that they not from the southern states that burned their plates.

So, get acquainted - Styu Cook, Doug Clifford and couple of brothers of Fogerti - Volume and John. They dreamed to hammer together the group long ago, and went towards the aim with enviable stubbornness. In 1967 Tom for the sake of it quitted the job, and Styu sold the car presented by the father on delivery of the diploma to have rooms for rehearsals. Therefore when in 1967 the head of the Fantasy company - Saul Zents - offered them quite enslaving contract, children right there agreed.

Then they chose also the strange name. It was quite in hippy spirit, and musicians explained it so: CREEDENCE ( “It in honor of the friend Tom“ ), CLEARWATER - “clear water“ ( “from beer advertizing“ ) and REVIVAL - “revival“ ( “is our purpose“ ).

At first Tom Fogerti was the leader and the vocalist of collective, but soon it nobly conceded both positions to the younger brother. And not for nothing. In - the first, John Fogerti possessed a tremendous voice, and in - the second, began to declare himself as the talented composer.

of “Suzie Q“ (1968)

Nevertheless, the first hit of group became a cover - namely the version of the song “Suzie Q“ of Dale Hawkins which is written down by it in 1956. Though Hawkins wrote the song itself, on secret custom of those years the authorship had to be shared with the owner of recording studio and his wife.

Our heroes played this song for a long time (still before CREEDENCE steel). First there was a little material, and to fill up concert time, musicians stretched “Suzie Q“ for the whole 8 and a half minutes. It is clear, that for a single it was longish. But instead of reducing the song, Zents suggested original option - to publish it completely... on two parties of one plate.
the Single left in August, 1968 and nearly got into TOP10, having occupied 11 - e the place. Popularity of the CREEDENCE version was so high that little girls with a name of Suzy began to call “Suzy Cue“ automatically.

of “I Put A Spell On You“ (1968)

the Second single of group was also a cover of a song of the person by the name of Hawkins. Only it was other Hawkins - Skrimin Jay Hawkins. Screamin - in English “crying out, shouting“, also called so the black performer after record of the song “I Put A Spell On You“ (“I imposed on you the fetters“, or, in other words, “I bewitched you“). the slow love ballad where the hero cried about loss of the girlfriend was
First it and wanted to return it back. But in studio the producer decided to liberate performers and so gave to drink them that Hawkins did not even remember process of record.

Skrimin Jay Hawkins:
“Before I was an ordinary blues singer, Jay Hawkins. Then I understood that I can do more destructive songs and shout to death“

As a result the love ballad turned into cries of some priest of the voodoo who imposes on the girl a paternoster with the purpose to seize it. Violent execution Hawkins began to support show, appearing on a scene from the smoking coffin with the canines which are sticking out of a nose and a cane with a skull by the name of “Henry“. And all this in 1956 - long before a shokroker Elisa of Cooper.

The version made by CREEDENCE did not lose either power, or passion. But instead of an aping and shouts on the first place beauty of execution moved forward. And though the success of this version in 1968 was much lower, than at “Suzie Q“ (58 - e the place), it was deservedly included into “gold fund“ of group and does not cease to please still.

of “Proud Mary“ (1969)

Covers of CREEDENCE will write down

still more than once (at once I will note the excellent version of a song of Lidbeli “Cotton Fields“), but after “Suzie Q“ only songs of authorship of John Fogerti will get to the American TOP40.
As the person creative, John had at himself a notebook where wrote down successful lines which could be a source to a song. The list was opened by two words “Proud Mary“. The phrase very much was pleasant to John, and he began to think - what it, this “Proud Mary“? The servant in the house of rich misters? Or the laundress washing clothes on the bank of Mississippi? Aha, Mississippi... What there at me in a notebook? So... “Riverboat“ (“river craft“) and “Rolling on the River“ (“riding on the river“)... Perhaps, will be useful.

As considerable incentive for creation of a song also the release from conscription which came to John served.

John Fogerti: “I was so happy
, ran on the small lawn in front of the house and began to ride on it head over heels. Then came home, took a guitar and began to jingle.
... Believe it or not, but I experimented with the well-known reef from the fifth symphony of Beethoven. I always said that music in this song tells the same, as words. It seems to me that the reef in the introduction bears to a sound of the rotating wheel in back part of the steamship, “Proud Mary“ a strong resemblance - the zadnekolesny steamship
... Then began to jump out words and the whole phrases. When I reached a line “Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river“, I already knew that I wrote the best song“

So the laundress turned into the steamship of times of Tom Sawyer which carried oil across Mississippi.
A a plate with “Proud Mary“ became the first “gold“ single of group and occupied 2 - e the place. An incident, but from numerous hits of group any will not rise above the bewitched second place.

And still. During the record “Proud Mary“ on a monolith of group for the first time there will pass hardly noticeable “crack“ which will gradually split CREEDENCE. If in “Suzie Q“ still all musicians sang along chorus, this time John refused to them it, having referred to author`s “image“ songs.

“Proud Mary“ executed many, but, probably, the version of 1971 which is written down by very young Tina Turner with the husband Eich and became their big hit became the most known cover.

of “Bad Moon Rising“ (1969)

Before any amateur performer, written a hit, arises a problem at once - as if to write the second and so that it was not worse than the first.
I of John is helped out again by his notebook where it finds the phrase of “Bad Moon Rising“ (“Nasty Loong Rastyot“). The musician reflected again about what it and in his head images from old chyorno - the white movie “Dyavol and Daniel Uebster“ where the hero sells soul in exchange for the power and wealth appeared.

John Fogerti:
“Action happens in the settlement, and the strong storm, even a hurricane from which all crops at Daniel`s neighbors perish here is at once played, and on his site ears do not even bend, and stand harmonous and high. This picture of an epic storm before which we are powerless mere mortals was engraved to me in the memory, having served as a starting point for a song.
... I do not think that I meant the Doomsday. It was the metaphor. I wrote not just about weather. The world stayed in a condition of some turmoil. Killed Martin Luther King and senator Robert F. Kennedy. It were severe times“

Perhaps for this reason the song was popular during student`s disorders in California in 1969.

But here that interestingly - on the apocalyptic text John for some reason wrote vigorous cheerful music. Therefore to the viewer who is not knowing English it can be unclear why the major song often accompanies quite gloomy scenes in movies (to take at least the movie “The American Werewolf in London“ or series “Twilight Zone“ and “Supernatural“).

Incongruous and muffled reprimand of John led a combination to one incident. Many heard instead of a mystical line about the growing nasty Loong ( of “There`s a bad moon on the rise“ ) absolutely another - about a bathroom on the right ( of “There`s a bathroom on the right“ ). It amused Fogerti, and at the late concerts he quite often for fun executed “wrong“ option.

Generally, John coped with a task to write one more hit. The single “Bad Moon Rising“ occupied 2 - e the place, and for CREEDENCE “gold times“ began.

About other hits of collective - in the following article.