Today’s Vinyl Version takes a step back 48 years to mid-December 1969. Creedence Clearwater Revival were one of the hottest bands in the world. They’d released their third album of that year alone about 7 weeks prior, and were poised for success given that three songs from their previous album Green River had peaked at #2 on the charts. Part of the reason they were so prolific was likely due to John Fogerty’s competitive attitude, as remembered by drummer Doug Clifford:
“Fogerty told us that if we were ever off the charts, then we would be forgotten…To make it worse, it might sound funny, but we had double sided hits, and that was kind of a curse, as we were burning through material twice as fast. If we’d spread it out, we would not have had to put out three albums in one year.”
This day in 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’, their 3rd LP that year! What a great album! pic.twitter.com/BM5KOmk7yb
— AbsoluteClassicRock (@AbsoluteClassic) November 2, 2017
The album contained more hits for the band, with this one peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.