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Creedence Clearwater Revival: Three of a kind

by Chris M. Junior — In terms of artistic achievements and commercial success, 1969 was a very good year for Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band released three studio albums, scored seven Billboard Hot 100 chart entries and made multiple TV and rock festival appearances — all told, more than most bands achieve in an entire career.

Backstage Pass: John Lennon escapes The Beatles’ shadow in Toronto part 2

Just before it was time for John Lennon and the Plastic Ono band to go on stage, master of ceremonies Kim Fowley saw that he was nervous. Lennon said, “I’m terrified. Imagine if you were in The Beatles as the only band you’ve only been in your life. [This is] the first time you are to step onstage with people that weren’t in The Beatles. You’re about to go on stage with  your wife, a friend, a friend, and a complete stranger with songs you had learned acoustically on an airplane on the way over from England with jet lag. You would be terrified. Do something so the kids don’t know how scared I am.”

Backstage Pass: John Lennon escapes The Beatles’ shadow in Toronto part 1

On an invitation from record producer, songwriter and rock ’n’ roll publicist Kim Fowley, John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono hopped on a plane from England with guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White to travel to the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival festival, showcasing some of Lennon’s early rock ’n’ roll musical heroes — among them Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

Creedence Clearwater Revival on TV in ’69

Creedence Clearwater Revival was a steady presence on the radio throughout 1969, and the red-hot band was a television mainstay that year, too. CCR drummer Doug Clifford has vivid memories of the band’s three TV appearances in ’69.