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The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names 2020-12-27 17:58:28

I found a book at a discount store that is right up my alley. It's called The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names, and just as advertised, it provides an alphabetical list of band names and the origins. See if you can guess this one.

This band formed in El Cerrito, California in 1959. Initially, the band started as an instrumental trio called the Blue Velvets. One of the band member's older brother started going to the gigs and asked the band to back him, which changed the name to Tom Fogerty and the Blue Velvets. They changed the name again to the Visions until they found out there was already a band with that name. The band's manager decided on the name Golliwogs, which the band hated.

In 1967, the band members decided to go all-in on being full-time musicians and come up with a better name. They knew a guy named Credence Newball. They liked the name but worried he would sue them if they used his name. They liked the idea of the word credence as in "truth and justice and all that." They were young and idealistic. They added an "e" to make the word creedence different from the fellow's name. Clearwater came from an Olympia beer commercial, which had great imagery of the stream coming down the mountain and a symbol of having a clear direction. Finally, the revival refers to a revival of the band members. They refused to wear the uniforms that their manager wanted them to wear. They weren't going to do things they didn't want to do. Some people interpreted the word revival in the traditional sense relating to religion, but the band members insist that it refers to the personal revival for them.

There you have the origin of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, founded by guitarist John Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. If you are unfamiliar with this band's music, here is a medley of some of their hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcQbn3Jq27g.

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