“I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin’.
I see bad times today.
Don’t go around tonight,
Well, it’s bound to take your life,
There’s a bad moon on the rise.”
I’ll bet if you’re familiar with late 1960s-early 1970s pop-rock music, it’s easy for you to recognize the artist of the above lyrics. The lyrics start off the 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival hit “Bad Moon Rising.”
And I’ll also bet that many of our readers will be lining up early tonight (Friday) at the Mazatzal Casino, in hopes of getting a great seat to rock along with Creedence Relived, a Temecula, Calif.-based band, as it takes the stage to pay tribute to one of the great early rock bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
As a class-skipping, party-hardy, on-and-off probation, deadbeat college student in the late 1960s, Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR), was one of my favorite bands. And still is today.
On many a college night, world history and art appreciation homework time somehow always gave way to a hot game of Spades and the pumped-up volume of “Suzie Q,” “Down On The Corner” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain.” (Maybe that’s how I ended up being a DJ and not a CEO. Go figure.)
I always thought of CCR as just a down-home band. The four-member group consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed country rock and swamp rock genres, singing about bayous, the Mississippi River, catfish, and other popular elements of Southern iconography.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone. The California quartet was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and are ranked at 82 on Rolling Stones’ 100 greatest artists of all time.
This week’s music trivia question is: Which of the following is a true statement about the band CCR? A) Prior to renaming their group Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967, the group played under the names The Blue Velvet and The Golliwogs; B) The band is the only artist to have the most No. 2 hits (five), but never a No. 1; C) Of the four band members, only John Fogerty went on to have a successful solo career, after the band disbanded in 1972; or D) All of the above.
If you’re the third caller this week and have the right answer, you’ll win a pair of tickets ($30 value) to tonight’s Creedence Relived concert at the Mazatzal Casino, courtesy of Karen Ammann, director of marketing. You can pick up the tickets at the casino before the concert.
This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who is known as “The Father of Bluegrass.”
The choices were A) Bill Monroe; B) Vaughn Monroe; C) James Monroe; and D) Marilyn Monroe.
The correct answer was Bill Monroe, who in the late 1930s formed the group “The Blue Grass Boys, which included Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs. (The genre “Bluegrass” was named after the style of music that Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys first introduced and produced over the years.)
Vaughn Monroe was a big-voiced baritone trumpeter and bandleader who charted many hits from 1940-54, including “There! I’ve Said It Again,” “Ballerina,” and “Ghost Riders In The Sky.”
James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States (1817–1825) and known as the Father of the U.S. Constitution.
Marilyn Monroe was, and always will be, Marilyn Monroe. Enough said.
Some final notes
It’s another great weekend for arts and crafts lovers.
The annual Zane Grey Days arts and crafts show will again be held this Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot of the Gila County Courthouse. More than 40 vendors from across the state will be on hand, displaying their unique products.
Pine will also be holding its fourth annual Fall Apple Festival at the Pine-Strawberry Community Center. There will be vendors, a greased pole climb and a pie throw for the kids.
And lastly, the music and entertainment industry said a sad farewell last week to singer-actor Andy Williams, who died at his home in Branson, Mo. after a year-long battle with bladder cancer.
Williams appeared on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show” from 1952-55, had his own NBC-TV show from 1962-71 and appeared in the movie “I’d Rather Be Rich” in 1964. He was married to singer-actress Claudine Longet from 1962-67.
Williams was also one of America’s greatest adult contemporary singers, scoring Top 10 hits in the late 1950s with his singles “Lonely Street” and “Are You Sincere” and with his 1957 No. 1 hit “Butterfly.”
What I will always remember Williams for is his 1962 smooth rendition of “Moon River.” It’s just a beautiful song.
Have a great week — and maybe we’ll see you “Up Around The Bend” at tonight’s Creedence Relived concert.
DJ Craig, (928) 468-1482