sábado, 30 de agosto de 2008

BLUE VELVETS & THE GOLLIWOGS - The Golliwogs (1966 Pré-Creedence Clearwater Revival)


THE GOLLIWOGS ERA A FUTURA BANDA CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL!! JOHN FOGERTY E CIA JÁ FAZIAM NESTA BANDA UM SONZAÇO DE PRIMEIRA LINHA COM O VOCAL POTENTE DO JOHN!! IMPERDÍVEL PRA QUEM GOSTA DE CREEDENCE!! NA VERDADE A HISTÓRIA DIZ QUE O EMBRIÃO DA BANDA CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL FOI FUNDADO AINDA EM 1959, CHAMAVA-SE BLUE VELVETS E ERA FORMADA PELOS IRMÃOS JOHN FOGERTY (VOCALISTA E GUITARRISTA), E TOM FOGERTY (GUITARRISTA), STUART COOK (BAIXO) E DOUGLAS CLIFFORD (BATERIA). EM 1966 CONSEGUIRAM SEU PRIMEIRO CONTRATO COM UMA GRAVADORA, A FANTASY, E COM O NOME DE THE GOLLIWOGS GRAVARAM DOIS SINGLES E UM LP. EMBORA NÃO TIVESSEM GRANDES PRETENSÕES FORAM BEM ACEITOS. EM 1967 MUDARAM O NOME DA BANDA PARA CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL E A BOA ACEITAÇÃO DOS PRIMEIROS SINGLES LEVOU-OS A DEIXAR DE SER APENAS UMA BANDA DE COVERS DOS ANOS 50 PARA SE ARRISCAR EM SUAS PRÓPRIAS COMPOSIÇÕES!!

The Golliwogs was an American rock band which eventually became Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band started out, in 1959, as an instrumental trio called The Blue Velvets. The original line up was John Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (piano), and Doug Clifford (drums). In 1960, John's older brother Tom, who had been in local bands since 1958, began singing with the group.

The Blue Velvets released three singles in the San Francisco Bay area, during 1961 and 1962, on Oakland's Orchestra Records. These recordings received only minimal sales although the second Blue Velvets single was added to Oakland's KEWB top 40 playlist by famed disc jockey Casey Kasem, who was employed at the station.

Following the Orchestra singles, Tom began playing rhythm guitar in addition to remaining the lead vocalist and front man while John continued as the lead guitarist. Meanwhile, Stu Cook switched from piano to bass guitar.

In the middle of 1964, the band recorded two songs for Fantasy Records, a local label based in San Francisco. The band was attracted to Fantasy because, in 1963, it had released a national hit by Vince Guaraldi, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Max Weiss, one of Fantasy's co-owners initially changed the group's name to The Visions, but when their songs were released as a single, in November 1964, Weiss re-named them The Golliwogs, an apparent reference to a once-popular minstrel doll called a Golliwogg. Seven singles were released in the San Francisco Bay area. While none of these broke out nationally, one, "Brown Eyed Girl," was a near break out in Miami, Fla., for four weeks beginning on February 26, 1966, when it reached #10 on Billboard's "Regional Breakout" chart for Miami (a chart one level below their Bubbling Under charts).

Eventually John Fogerty took control of the group, writing all of their material, singing lead vocals, and blossoming into a multi-instrumentalist who played bass, keyboards, and harmonica in addition to lead guitar. By 1967, he was producing the group's recordings.

In December 1967, the band changed its name to Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band's first album as Creedence Clearwater Revival was released in 1968. In 1975 Fantasy released Pre-Creedence, a compilation album of recordings by The Golliwogs. Fantasy also included an extensive collection of Blue Velvets and Golliwogs recordings in their 2001 CCR box set.

DOUG CLIFFORD Bateria
STU COOK : Contrabaixo
JOHN FOGERTY : Vocais e guitarra
TOM FOGERTY guitarra, vocais, gaita
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