CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival) was only together a short time compared to other rock groups, but during that time period, they wrote songs that defined the revolutionary 60s and the transitioning 70s. One of their hits, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," from their 1970 album Pendulum is full of pain, reflection and wisdom.
Released as a single in 1971, the song literally describes a "sunshower," or what Louisiana residents would refer to as "the devil beating his wife." The rain falling when the sun is shining is common in the Bayou. One would assume that members John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford were from the South since their music is downhome roots rock, but they're from saucy San Francisco. They put the gravy in southern rock and with "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," they pour it on thick and tasty for the new decade, the flavorful 70s.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.