Title: Born On The Bayou

Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival

Album: Bayou Country

Year Released: 1969

What It Is: The B-Side to the single that put them on the big-time map (“Proud Mary”), this is a strong strong song that fooled a whole bunch of people to think that they were actually from Louisiana. No fooling, Booker T. & The MG’s really thought CCR was southern, and not from California. Ok, a lot of people did. Hah.

Riffage / Hookage: That’s a mighty strong and eerie guitar riff there, Lou.

Cowbell?: Nope, but Doug Clifford is an underrated drummer.

Words Of Wisdom: “And I can remember the fourth of july,
Runnin through the backwood, bare.
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin,
Chasin down a hoodoo there.
Chasin down a hoodoo there.”

You can see how they would have thought they were from Louisiana. A hoodoo?

Mixology Report: You bet! The dude would abide.

For The Good Of The Order: The sad thing is that John Fogerty’s churlishness has put a big damper on the memory of this band. Yes, he was the voice and vision behind CCR, but he wasn’t the band, and Clifford, Stu Cook and Tom Fogerty did contribute to the sound.

Here’s a live clip! (Sorry, imbedding still makes my browser go BANG!)