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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