As the year 1969 was sliding into 1970, no group was bigger in Hawaii than Creedence Clearwater Revival. The Beatles were far, far along the long and winding road from Fab Four super-stardom to becoming four solo artists. The Rascals, formerly the Young Rascals, had peaked with “People Got to Be Free” the year before. The Rolling Stones? Well, that’s a matter of opinion, but in terms of hit singles there was a dry spell of almost two years between “Honky Tonk Women” and “Brown Sugar.”
During those two years, Creedence Clearwater Revival — “Creedence” or “CCR” for short — dominated the Hot 100. They were more than simply a new act; they had a sound like no other act on the charts. A part of that unique sound was the group’s raw guitar-rock arrangements, but a bigger part of it was the raw, raspy singing, screaming and shouting of lead vocalist John Fogerty.