Additional information about this, Creedence Clearwater Revival vinyl art.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – The Artist
Creedence Clearwater Revival (also known as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played together since 1959, first as The Blue Velvets, then as The Golliwogs. Their musical style encompassed roots rock, swamp rock, country rock and blues rock. They played in a Southern rock style, despite their San Francisco Bay Area origin, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War.
Proud Mary – The Song
Proud Mary is a rock song written by John Fogerty and first recorded by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was released by Fantasy Records as a single from the band’s second studio album, Bayou Country. It was apparently written by Fogerty in the two days after he was discharged from the National Guard.
Proud Mary’s singer, a low-wage earner, leaves what he considers a “good job,” which he might define as steady work, even though for long hours under a dictatorial boss. He decides to follow his impulse and imagination and hitches a ride on a riverboat queen, bidding farewell to the city. Only when the boat pulls out does he see the “good side of the city”—which, for him, is one in the distance, far removed from his life. Down by the river and on the boat, the singer finds protection from “the man” and salvation from his working-class pains in the nurturing spirit and generosity of simple people who “are happy to give” even “if you have no money.” The river in Fogerty and traditionally in literature and song is a place holding biblical and epical implications. …Indeed, the river in “Proud Mary” offers not only escape but also rebirth to the singer
Mississippi Boat Wheel – The Shape
A ship’s wheel or boat’s wheel is a device used aboard a water vessel to change that vessel’s course. Together with the rest of the steering mechanism, it forms part of the helm. It is connected to a mechanical, electric servo, or hydraulic system which alters the vertical angle of the vessel’s rudder relative to its hull. The boats that went along the Mississippi river were known as paddle boats or steam boats and had a large paddle in the middle or at the back of the boat.
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