Travelin' Band - Creedence Clearwater Revival

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"Travelin' Band" - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)

Written by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)'s frontman John Fogerty, his vocal completely dominates  "Travelin' Band" which was one of three singles that hit Top Five from the band's 1970 break-out album, Cosmos Factory. 

The song was inspired, both musically and for Fogerty's vocal delivery, by 1950s rock n' roll songs, particularly those by Little Richard. After the basic track was cut, John Fogerty went back to the studio and added many of the instrumental parts, including horns and piano, which he played himself.

"Travelin' Band" is very similar in style to the music of Little Richard, which Fogerty saw as a heartfelt tribute to the singer. Specialty Records, which owned Richard's catalogue, saw things differently and sued the band, reaching a settlement to earn some royalties from the song. The lawsuit claimed the Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly" was being copied.

Bass player Stu Cook said he thought it sounded more like "Long Tall Sally." Cook described the song as a combination of '50s Rock classics, but not a ripoff of any one song.

The track was all about the hectic lifestyle of CCR and their road warrior ways. In 1969, the band toured constantly and played many of the major festivals, including Woodstock. There was a rush of excitement in going from place to place, luggage getting lost,  and a lot of time waiting around in the heat during those famous festivals. Apparently the travelling got easier when they got their own private plane.

More than any other of the band's songs, "Travellin' Band" was indicative of the fact that so much of the band was his talent and ability of a frontman to do everything- write, sing- play. The untold story of CCR is that they should have been called "John Fogerty and CCR".


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