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How Good It Is ∙ Wednesday February 26, 2020 ∙ duration: 16:30

Episode 106–Proud Mary

John Fogerty had already picked up some popularity with his band The Golliwogs, but Uncle Sam came a-calling in 1966. In order to avoid being sent to Vietnam, he instead enlisted in the Army Reserves, where he served for a while until he was discharged honorably.In the days that followed the discharge, he wrote a song that he knew immediately would be a hit on the level of the bigger songs of the Tin Pan Alley days. And, given that other artists recorded the same song within a few months of its release, he was correct in that regard.The new owners of their label, Fantasy Records talked the band into changing their name to something a little less offensive in exchange for the opportunity to record a full-length album (rather than the singles they'd been making), and the band, not being fools, agreed immediately. The original name had come from Fantasy's previous owner, so they weren't really married to it anyway.Thus it was that The Golliwogs became Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bayou Country their first album.Click here for a transcript of this show.

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