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.
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Saturday morning dawned soggy and gray, and Michael Launder, 17, from Albion, New York, and his friend, Billy, hitched a ride on the trunk of a car covered in people. “There were about eight guys inside and another five or six sitting on the hood and trunk, so we just jumped on,” says Launder. “When we finally reached the festival, it was very surprising to see the state troopers with their ‘Smokey’ hats off, hanging with the rest of us.”
In the late ’80s, Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and two members of the Doobie Brothers formed Jackdawg. A more rock-oriented animal propelled by the high-powered guitar wrangling of John McFee (Clover, Doobie Brothers), Jackdawg — also featuring the late Keith Knudsen from the Doobie Brothers — convened in 1990 to record what would become a lost album of solid, rip-roaring rockers with a Southern heart. That debut LP is only now being released.