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Creedence Clearwater albums to be reissued

Wed Jul 30, 2:14 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The first six albums of California rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival are being reissued on September 30 with bonus tracks and new liner notes, Concord Music Group said on Tuesday.

The reissued albums, which have been digitally remastered and will be presented in DigiPaks, are: "Creedence Clearwater Revival," "Bayou Country," "Green River," "Willy & the Poor Boys," "Cosmo's Factory" and "Pendulum," all originally released from 1968 to 1970.

Among the many extras are unreleased studio versions of "Down on the Corner" and "Born on the Bayou," which were recorded with Booker T & the MGs. The tracks appear on "Willy & the Poor Boys" and "Cosmo's Factory," respectively.

The announcement comes about three years after Creedence singer/songwriter John Fogerty re-signed as a solo artist with Concord's Fantasy Records label, for which Creedence recorded in the late '60s and early '70s.

Concord bought Fantasy in 2004 from Fogerty's nemesis, Saul Zaentz, and has been mending bridges with Fogerty, such as paying performance royalties on his back catalog.

Creedence, one of the great American bands to emerge in the late 1960s, recorded for Berkeley, Calif.-based Fantasy until it broke up in 1972. Fogerty had signed away his copyrights to such tunes as "Fortunate Son" and "Bad Moon Rising," and spent the ensuing decades in legal battles with Zaentz.

He once immortalized Zaentz in a song called "Zanz Kant Danz," while Zaentz countered with a plagiarism lawsuit, claiming that Fogerty's solo song "The Old Man Down the Road" ripped off the Creedence hit "Run Through the Jungle." The litigation went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Reporting by Dean Goodman)

This Date In Music History- July 30


Born on this day in 1949, Andy Scott, guitar, Sweet.

Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, bass, Jethro Tull Tull was born in 1946.

Born on this day in 1945, David Sanborn, saxophone, US session player.

Paul Anka ("Diana") turns 67.

Bluesman Buddy Guy was born in Lettsworth, La. in 1936.

Kate Bush was born in Bexleyheath, England in 1958.


The Apple Boutique, owned and operated by The Beatles, closed its doors in 1968, after just seven months in business on Baker Street. After the owners had their pick, the remaining stock was given away.

The Beatles topped the American chart in 1966 with "Yesterday ... and Today." The cover of the album (the infamous ‘butcher' cover) had to be quickly changed when people objected to the band dressing up as butchers surrounded by dismembered dolls.

In 1954, Elvis Presley made his first full stage appearance, opening for a Slim Whitman concert in Memphis. Advised by DJ Dewey Phillips to play uptempo material, he drives the crowd nuts with his hip-swinging versions of "Good Rockin' Tonight" and "That's All Right Mama." Phillips has to push him back out onstage for an encore while country star Webb Pierce expresses his disbelief.

Elvis Presley's "Loving You" movie opened nationwide in 1957.

Sam Phillips, the man who discovered Elvis Presley and owner of the legendary Sun Records, passed away July 30, 2003 at the age of 80. Phillips also helped launch the careers of Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty and Jerry Lee Lewis. He sold Elvis' contract to RCA in November, 1955, for $40,000. Sam was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

Marshall Lon "Deacon" Freeman, one of the founding members of gospel's Oak Ridge Boys, died at his Rocky Face, Ga., home in 2003.

The Rolling Stones headlined a one-day festival in Toronto in 2003 to revive the city's tourism industry following an outbreak of the SARS virus. Other performers include AC/DC, Rush and Justin Timberlake. An estimated 450,000 people attend.

The late Marc Bolan was born in London in 1947. As a member of T. Rex, he went to No. 10 in 1972 with "Bang a Gong (Get It On)."

The Bee Gees' younger brother Andy Gibb started a three week run at the top of the Billboard Pop chart in 1977 with "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", his first of three US #1's. The record made it to #26 in the UK.

1986- Oops! The show business newspaper Variety reported that RCA dumped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For.” Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US. GE sold RCA two months later.

The Troggs started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart in 1966 with 'Wild Thing'.

1973- The Mamas & the Papas Papa John Phillips calls a press conference to accuse his old label ABC-Dunhill of "the systematic, cold-blooded theft of perhaps up to $60 million, stolen from each and every artist who ever recorded for the company during a seven-year period."

In 1991, a police officer was forced to tear up a traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was travelling in after it made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that nights Guns N' Roses gig if the ticket was issued. Oh, the benefits of being a rock star!