THIS IS ANOTHER IN OUR OCCASIONAL OLDIE BLOGS IN 2019 FEATURING MUSIC FROM 50 YEARS AGO IN 1969.
Somewhere buried in my basement is a box of old 45’s, and in that box…
John Fogerty was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine in 1993.
“Green River” is really about this place where I used to go as a kid on Putah Creek, near Winters, California. I went there with my family every year until I was ten. Lot of happy memories there. I learned how to swim there. There was a rope hanging from the tree. Certainly dragonflies, bullfrogs. There was a little cabin we would stay in owned by a descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody. That’s the reference in the song to Cody Jr. The actual specific reference, “Green River,” I got from a soda pop-syrup label. You used to be able to go into a soda fountain, and they had these bottles of flavored syrup. My flavor was called Green River. It was green, lime flavored, and they would empty some out over some ice and pour some of that soda water on it, and you had yourself a Green River.
Released in the summer of 1969, the song peaked at #2 on the Billboard chart.
National Public Radio recently reported on CCR:
Here was a group from San Francisco that was pointedly not interested in, or aligned with, the city’s most intriguing (and best-known) export, psychedelic rock. A band that was not into drugs, that positioned itself as counter to the counterculture. A band that mythologized the American South with an exotic mixture of blues, New Orleans R&B and rockabilly, despite being a product of California. A band that had a sound built for FM radio, but songs that adhered to the tight verse/chorus requirements of AM.