Song of the Day #4,060: ‘The Old Man Down the Road’ – John Fogerty

My final example of (alleged) musical copyright infringement is the curious case of John Fogerty’s ‘The Old Man Down the Road,’ a song he was accused of stealing from… himself.

Fogerty, the lead singer and principal songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival, had an acrimonious break-up with the band in 1972 before going solo. He was still tied to a shit-show of a contract with Fantasy Records. His first solo album underperformed, which Fogerty blamed on Fantasy’s lackluster promotion, and he refused to record anything new. Fantasy sued him.

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Song of the Day #2,828: ‘Up Around the Bend’ – Creedence Clearwater Revival

ccr_cosmos_factoryAs I continue my dive into the best albums of 1970, I’m focusing this week on unfamiliar albums by artists I otherwise know pretty well. I own, or at least know, some material by each of these artists but I don’t have these particular records.

First up is Creedence Clearwater Revival with Cosmo’s Factory, the band’s fifth album and widely considered their best.

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Song of the Day #2,294: ‘Run Through the Jungle’ – Creedence Clearwater Revival

creedence_clearwater_revivialThe Random iTunes Fairy has a nice sense of symmetry. A week after serving up Credence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Proud Mary,’ she has let the needle drop on the band’s classic protest song ‘Run Through the Jungle.’

Given John Fogerty’s opposition to the war in Vietnam, and the song’s title, many listeners believed this track was about the war. Fogerty says it is actually about the proliferation of guns in America.

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Song of the Day #2,287: ‘Proud Mary’ – Creedence Clearwater Revival

creedence_clearwater_revivialAwhile back, I was inspired by Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski to listen to some Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Creedence is The Dude’s favorite band, and their music is featured a few times in The Big Lebowski, most memorably in this scene.

CCR has a deep enough catalog that I made the rare decision to purchase a greatest hits compilation rather than go for a signature album. I know, I know, I still feel bad about it.

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