It was 49 years ago Saturday (October 16th, 1972) that Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) officially disbanded. CCR was one of most successful acts of the late-1960's and early-'70s, racking up 11 Top 20 hits in under four years. Seeds of the band's demise came when co-founder Tom Fogerty left the previous year. Tom had been chafing artistically under the leadership of his younger brother John Fogerty, who wrote, sang, and produced the band's music, including such classics such as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who'll Stop The Rain,” “Down On The Corner,” “Up Around The Bend,” “Born On The Bayou,” and many others.
By 1972, John was unhappy with the group format, as well as his demanding contract with CCR's record label, Fantasy. CCR's drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook told us the band's final studio album, Mardi Gras, was essentially the final nail in the band's coffin: “(Doug Clifford) The Mardi Gras album where we each did a third was an ultimatum from him. (Stu Cook) I had a conversation with him after a show at the San Diego Coliseum. (Doug Clifford) Right. . . (Stu Cook) And he said, 'Oh, by the way, on this next album, you and Doug are doing a third of the writing and a third of the singing and I'm just going to play rhythm guitar on your tracks.' And I said, 'John, that's not a Creedence album, I doubt the record company will accept it, I know the fans aren't going to be happy with it,' and he says, 'Well, that's the way it is or I quit.'”
John Fogerty's relationship with the band, including with his brother, never healed after the split. John accused his former bandmates of siding with record company executives rather than trying to free him from what he saw as an unfair record contract. After releasing two solo albums, Fogerty held back a third in a contract dispute, and essentially retired for a nearly a decade until resurfacing with 1985's critically acclaimed Centerfield.