The Golliwogs

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The Golliwogs
Origin El Cerrito, California
Genres Rock and roll, garage rock, roots rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 1964–1967
Labels Fantasy
Associated acts The Blue Velvets, Tommy Fogerty and The Blue Velvets, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Website www.creedence-online.net
Past members Doug Clifford
Stu Cook
John Fogerty
Tom Fogerty

The Golliwogs were an American rock band that eventually became Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The band started out, in 1959, as an instrumental trio called The Blue Velvets. The original line-up was John Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (piano), and Doug Clifford (drums). In 1960, John's older brother Tom, who had been in local bands since 1958, began singing with the group.

The Blue Velvets released three singles in the San Francisco Bay area, during 1961 and 1962, on Oakland's Orchestra Records. These recordings received only minimal[clarification needed] sales although the second Blue Velvets single was added to Oakland's KEWB top 40 playlist by disc jockey Casey Kasem, who was employed at the station.

Following the Orchestra singles, Tom began playing rhythm guitar in addition to remaining the lead vocalist and front man while John continued as the lead guitarist. Meanwhile, Cook switched from piano to bass guitar.

In the middle of 1964, the band recorded two songs for Fantasy Records, a local label based in San Francisco. The band was attracted to Fantasy because, in 1963, it had released a national hit by Vince Guaraldi, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Max Weiss, one of Fantasy's co-owners, initially changed the group's name to The Visions, but when their songs were released as a single, in November 1964, Weiss renamed them The Golliwogs, an apparent reference to a once-popular minstrel doll called a Golliwogg. Seven singles were released in the San Francisco Bay area. While none of these broke out nationally, one, "Brown Eyed Girl", was a near break-out in Miami, Florida, for four weeks beginning on February 26, 1966, when it reached No. 10 on Billboard's "Regional Breakout" chart for Miami (a chart one level below their Bubbling Under charts).

Eventually, John Fogerty took control of the group, writing all of their material, singing lead vocals, and blossoming into a multi-instrumentalist who played keyboards, harmonica, and saxophone in addition to lead guitar. By 1967, he was producing the group's recordings.

In December 1967, the band changed its name to Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). The band's first album as Creedence Clearwater Revival was released in 1968.

In 1975, Fantasy released Pre-Creedence, a compilation album of recordings by The Golliwogs. Fantasy also included an extensive collection of Blue Velvets and Golliwogs recordings in their 2001 CCR box set. Notably, the Blue Velvet tracks "Yes You Did" and "Now You're Not Mine" are not included, as they are thought to be lost to time.[citation needed]

Recordings[edit]

As Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets[edit]

Title Writer(s) Studio Recorded Location Released Vocals Producer
"Come on Baby" Tom Fogerty Orchestra 6177 Fall 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California October 1961 Tom Fogerty
"Oh My Love" Tom Fogerty Orchestra 6177 Fall 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California October 1961 Tom Fogerty
"Have You Ever Been Lonely" John Fogerty Orchestra 611010 Late 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California Early 1962 Tom Fogerty
"Bonita" John and Tom Fogerty Orchestra 611010 Late 1961 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California Early 1962 Tom Fogerty
"Yes You Did" 1962 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California June 1962 Tom Fogerty
"Now You're Not Mine" 1962 Orchestra Studios, Oakland, California June 1962 Tom Fogerty

As The Golliwogs[edit]

Title Writer(s) Studio Recorded Location Released Vocals Producer
"Don't Tell Me No Lies" John and Tom Fogerty Fantasy 590 Mid 1964 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California November 1964 John and Tom Fogerty
"Little Girl (Does Your Momma Know)" John and Tom Fogerty Fantasy 590 Mid 1964 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California November 1964 Tom Fogerty
"Where You Been" John and Tom Fogerty Fantasy 597 January 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California April 1965 Tom Fogerty
"You Came Walking" John and Tom Fogerty Fantasy 597 January 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California April 1965 Tom Fogerty
"You Can't Be True" John and Tom Fogerty Fantasy 599 April 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California July 1965 John Fogerty
"You Got Nothin' on Me" John and Tom Fogerty Fantasy 599 April 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California July 1965 John and Tom Fogerty
"I Only Met You Just an Hour Ago" John and Tom Fogerty April 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John Fogerty
"Brown-Eyed Girl" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 404 August 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California November 1965 John Fogerty
"You Better Be Careful" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 404 August 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California November 1965 John Fogerty with Tom Fogerty
"Gonna Hang Around" John and Tom Fogerty November 1965 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John Fogerty
"Fight Fire" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 405 February 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California March 1966 John Fogerty
"Fragile Child" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 405 February 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California March 1966 John Fogerty
"Try Try Try" John and Tom Fogerty February 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John and Tom Fogerty
"She Was Mine" John and Tom Fogerty Early 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John Fogerty
"Instrumental No. 1" John and Tom Fogerty Early 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001
"Action USA" radio promotional spot June 1966
"Little Tina" John and Tom Fogerty Mid 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John Fogerty
"Walking on the Water" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 408 August 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California September 1966 John Fogerty
"You Better Get It Before It Gets You" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 408 August 1966 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California September 1966 John Fogerty
"Tell Me" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 410, cancelled May 1967 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John Fogerty
"You Can't Be True" John and Tom Fogerty Scorpio 410, cancelled May 1967 Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California 2001 John Fogerty
"Porterville" John Fogerty Scorpio 412 October 1967 Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California November 19671 John Fogerty John Fogerty
"Call it Pretending" John Fogerty Scorpio 412 October 1967 Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California November 19672 John Fogerty John Fogerty
  1. ^ Following its release as the A-side of the last Golliwogs single, this track was re-released, in January 1968, as the A-side of the first single credited to Creedence Clearwater Revival. In July 1968, it was included on Creedence Clearwater Revival's first album.
  2. ^ Following its release as the B-side of the last Golliwogs single, this track was re-released, in January 1968, as the B-side of the first single credited to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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