Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most influential Rock bands ever
The Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook turns 74 today
Stuart Alden Cook was born on April 25, 1945. He became known as Stu Cook, the bass player for the legendary Californian band Creedence Clearwater Revival during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Creedence Clearwater Revival scored an impressive string of Rock hits during the late 60’s and early 70’s, and are still regarded today as one of the most influential bands ever, with their music getting often airplay and being featured in movies, advertisements and even video games. With their original line up John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu, Creedence Clearwater Revival released 7 studio albums between 1968 and 1972, all regarded as timeless Rock classics. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they played in a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially-conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. Their blend of Country, Folk and Southern music with the West Coast Psychedelic sounds, made them unique at the time. Creedence Clearwater Revival disbanded in late 1972 after some internal feud, mainly among the members of the band and singer/songwriter John Fogerty. In the mid-1970’s, Cook and former Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug Clifford joined the Don Harrison Band, which released two albums. In 1993 Stu Cook auditioned for the role of the bassist in Rolling Stones after the departure of Bill Wyman. Cook and Clifford later reformed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 that remains active playing the original songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Stu Cook was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993 as a member of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Some of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s most memorable songs are “Proud Mary”, “Green River”, “Fortunate Son”, “Down On The Corner”, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”, “Born On The Bayou”, “I Put A Spell On You”, “Suzie Q”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Travelin’ Band”, “Run Through the Jungle” and “Travelin’ Band” and their cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.
Watch the full concert of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 1970
Listen to the Creedence Clearwater Revival compilation”Chronicle” on Spotify