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Check Six: John Fogerty talks military service, music’s role in war

November 14, 2019

From the Military Times website

Few musical acts are more associated with one particular time period or event than Creedence Clearwater Revival is with the Vietnam War.

Songs like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary,” “Green River,” “Down on the Corner,” and perhaps the tune most associated with ‘Nam, “Fortunate Son,” made 1969 the year of John Fogerty and the band that Rolling Stone penciled in at number 82 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists.

Album success of that year was, as music lovers know, coupled with CCR’s performance at the legendary August 1969 Woodstock music festival, an event that was due to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a commemorative 2019 concert that Fogerty had excitedly signed on to play.

But when planning for this year’s event unraveled, the Army Reserve veteran pounced on the opportunity to divert the resources Woodstock 50 would have garnered toward something he and his wife considered just as worthwhile.

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The YouTube video shows Creedence Clearwater Revival performing “Fortunate Son.” The video visually depicts the Vietnam War, but listen to the words of the song – it was a major protest song of its time.

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