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Let’s head back to August of 1969. It’s summer time and the weather is nice. You have a few weeks left before you start school back up. So for now you are just relaxing and hanging with friends. Your cousin Phil wanted to hang with you for the day. He brought over a new album. It’s music from Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Green River was the third studio album by American rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), released on August 5th, 1969. The album features two of the band’s best-known songs, “Bad Moon Rising” and of course “Green River”. In 2003, the album was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

In January 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their second studio album Bayou Country and released their breakout single “Proud Mary” b/w “Born on the Bayou”, which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to recording their new album in March, Creedence conducted a test session at the recently-built Wally Heider Studios where they recorded three instrumental test tracks (two of which, “Broken Spoke Shuffle” and “Glory Be”, are included in the 2008 remastered CD). The recordings for Green River lasted until June. While completing the forthcoming album the band issued two singles: “Bad Moon Rising” b/w “Lodi” and “Green River” b/w “Commotion”, in April and July. Both reached #2 on the Billboard charts.”

Did you ever wonder where the Green River was?

In an interview Fogerty gave to Rolling Stone in 2012, Fogerty states, “certainly in a song like “Green River” – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it’s actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn’t called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River.”

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