‘Mardi Gras’: Over And Out From Creedence Clearwater Revival

A huge chapter in US rock history ended as CCR entered the Billboard chart with their last studio album.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 'Mardi Gras' artwork - Courtesy: UMG
Creedence Clearwater Revival 'Mardi Gras' artwork - Courtesy: UMG

In a sense, a huge chapter in American rock history ended in the spring of 1972. Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the Billboard LP chart with their seventh studio release, Mardi Gras. Within six months of its appearance, CCR were no more.

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The final set, recorded that January, was something of an unfortunate and unhappy postscript in the hugely successful Creedence story. Tom Fogerty had left the band after internal disputes following their 1970 million-seller Pendulum. That left a three-piece line-up in which his brother John was now joined for lead vocal, songwriting and production duties by both bassist and rhythm guitarist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford.

The exception was a cover of the Gene Pitney co-write that had become a big hit for Ricky Nelson way back in 1961, “Hello Mary Lou.” It was a part of the rock’n’roll upbringing of all three CCR members, each aged 16 when it was all over the radio.

Fogerty takes a back seat

John Fogerty, previously the band’s principal songwriter, only contributed three numbers to Mardi Gras, with Clifford and Cook taking six between them. The album met with considerably less success and acclaim than its predecessors and was generally not well received by reviewers. “Lookin’ For A Reason” had John in country mood, introducing an LP with quite a strong country-rock feel.

But audiences didn’t warm as much to a sound that was inevitably less familiar on tracks not featuring Fogerty’s distinctively raucous lead vocals. That was apart from “Sweet Hitch-Hiker,” released as a single in 1971 and another US Top 10 hit, which was then included on Mardi Gras.

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The album entered the US chart on April 29, 1972 at No.63. It would climb as high as No.12 in a 24-week stay, winning gold certification. By October, the band had announced their split. But within a few weeks of that, they were back in the charts with a Creedence Gold compilation that advanced to US sales alone of two million.

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  1. david

    April 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    nunca se tendrian que aver separado aunque asi fue para mi siguen siendo los mejores hoy en un cumpleaño ,fiesta o lo que sea siempre van a estar hay en todas partes del mundo

  2. Antonio Pirrone

    May 1, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Yo cuando estaba en una situacion, donde no sobraba nada, la situacion era muy delicada, compre mi primer long play en 1972, hoy lo tengo, en mi casa y en mi corazon.GRACIAS Y.FOGERTY. Abrazo seria un sueño si algun dia pudiera saludarlo personalmente, seria para lo mas grande de la life. DIOS LO BENDIGA Y GRACIAS POR TODA TU MUSICA. tony pirrone.

  3. RENÉ

    April 12, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Los mejores, yo tengo este álbum y otros. gracias

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