1969 was a staggeringly prolific year for roots rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival. They released Bayou Country in January, which was followed up by Green River in August. Then, amazingly, they dropped another full-length, Willy and the Poor Boys, that November.
Thanks to their non-stop touring — and a string of hit songs like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Proud Mary” and “Born on the Bayou” — by the time Willy arrived the band were riding high.
Willy and the Poor Boys continued their ascent, as the group — singer-guitarist John Fogerty, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford — delivered another classic that featured stellar songs like "Down on the Corner," "Midnight Special," "Cotton Fields" and the now-iconic anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son.”
"It was a good, political, angry song," John Fogerty told us of "Fortunate Son" in 2013. "It was exactly what was on my mind at the time. I went into my bedroom one evening and I had a little pad and pen in there, and I wrote it in about 20 minutes. They didn’t all come that way, but I knew what I wanted to say. I knew what I wanted to say, but I had no idea what the words would be. It was just amazing that it all came together like that."
Back on November 16, 1969, hot off their performance at Woodstock that August, Creedence made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, where they unleashed an intense performance of “Fortunate Son.” Watch that above.