Green River (song)
|Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|from the album Green River|
|Recorded||Sometime from March to June 1969 at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California|
|Genre||Roots rock, swamp rock|
|Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology|
"Green River" is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was written by John Fogerty and released as a single in July 1969, one month before the album of the same name was released (see 1969 in music). "Green River" peaked at number two for one week, behind the novelty bubblegum pop song "Sugar, Sugar" by "The Archies".
What really happened is that I used a setting like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about thing from my own life. Certainly a song like "Green River" – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it's actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn't called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the audience shifted at the time and place.
Sales and airplay
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||5|
|West Germany (Official German Charts)||8|
|UK Singles (OCC)||19|
|US Billboard Hot 100||2|
Mary Wilson of The Supremes worked with UK record producer Gus Dudgeon on a cover version in the early 1980s. It remains unreleased. Country band Alabama recorded a cover version of the song that appears on their 1982 album Mountain Music. The Minutemen included a live performance cover of the song on their 1984 EP Tour-Spiel. Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings covered it on their first album, Struttin' Our Stuff. The Hollies based their swamp rock pastiche "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" off the basic structure of "Green River"; The similarities between the two songs prompted John Fogerty to file suit against the band, alleging plagiarism. The case was settled out of court with Fogerty receiving half of the revenue from the song.
Appearances in other media
- As a playable song for the Rock Band series of music video games as downloadable content.
- In the trailer for the film Taking Woodstock.
- In the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the classic rock radio station K-DST.
- During the lawn mower race in the King of the Hill episode "Hank's Back Story"
- In the video game Mafia III on the in-game radio.
- In the first scene of the 2017 film The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. (Note that the scene in Vietnam that the song accompanied was dated 1966, meaning Spielberg made anachronistic use of the song, which wasn't released until 3 years later.)
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- "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. July 26, 1969. p. 64. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
- RIAA Certification Search
- "Austriancharts.at – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "RPM - Item Display: Top Singles - Volume 12, No. 5, September 20, 1969". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Archived from the original (PHP) on October 21, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2010.
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