October 16, 1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival Breaks Up

On this day in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) officially announced that it was dissolving. It was a sad end to one of rock’s greatest groups.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1968On this day in 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) officially announced that it was dissolving.  It was a sad end to one of rock’s greatest groups.

With the exception of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, no other band has been as widely embraced by every generation since the 1960s as CCR. From 1968-1970, they churned out six albums of some of the most timeless music ever recorded. By 1972, however, relationships had deteriorated to a point where rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty had left the band. CCR continued performing as a trio and released its final album, the critically panned “Mardi Gras,” in April of 1972. The group broke up six months later.

The years since have been marked by bitterness between the former members and thus sadness to the millions of fans who have seen and heard the greatness of these men. Lead singer/guitarist John Fogerty (younger brother to Tom) refused to perform CCR songs in concert until 1987. When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, he refused to play with bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford (Tom had died in 1990 of AIDS complications from blood he received while undergoing back surgery).

John now performs solo and Cook and Clifford have formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Although both sides have alluded that they would be open to reuniting, neither has let its guard down.

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