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1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Creedance Clearwater Revival Playing Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Creedence Clearwater Revival

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  • Year:
    1993
  • Inducted by:
    Bruce Springsteen
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

1993

Bob Merlis

The origin of America’s greatest authentic rock & roll band begins in 1959, the penultimate year of the Eisenhower  era. In El Cerrito, California, a lower mid­dle-class suburb in San Francisco’s East Bay, eighth-graders John Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, like so many other rock & roll crazed kids, took mat­ters into their own hands and did the natural thing: they formed a band. 

The repertoire of these 13-year-old rockers, the Blue Velvets, was virtually pre-ordained — with nobody will­ing to handle vocals, guitarist Fogerty, drummer Clifford and bassman Cook covered the instrumental sounds of Sandy Nelson, Duane Eddy, Bill Doggett and, of course, the Ventures.

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I stand here tonight still envious of that music’s power and its simplicity.

Bruce Springsteen

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