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May 29, 2014

CCR bandmate talks up 'other' Fogerty

Niagara Gazette — In 1995, longtime friends and musical collaborators Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and Stu Cook formed a band that would honor the band that brought them international fame in the 1960s. Nearly 20 years later, Creedence Clearwater Revisited is thrilling audiences with the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, known affectionately as CCR.

Cook and Clifford, on bass and drums, along with vocalist John Tristao, keyboardist Steve Gunner and lead guitarist Kurt Griffey will be at the Niagara Fallsview Casino’s Avalon Ballroom on Friday and Saturday in what promises to be a couple of great evenings of CCR music.

CCR not only had a rich musical history, the story of the band’s internal struggles and record deals have provided fodder for many books and articles. The split between Cook/Clifford and John Fogerty has been chronicled extensively, but there is another Fogerty that all too often is left out of the discussion — Tom Fogerty, who died in 1990.

“Without Tom we wouldn’t be talking, he had the vision for what would become CCR,” Doug Clifford noted during a recent phone interview.

When Tom needed a backing band to record a couple of original compositions, he approached his brother John’s three piece instrumental group which included Clifford and Cook.

“We weren’t very good but Tom saw we took the music seriously and worked hard, and he had faith in us. That’s how it started, we recorded with him as Tom Fogerty and The Blue Velvets. We started playing parties at the University of California, and dances and assemblies at high schools. As we progressed the band changed a little bit, Stu shifted from piano to bass and Tom switched to rhythm guitar. Tom was the singer and manager, and inspiration. By getting us in the studio we were able hone our craft.”

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