Sweet Hitch-Hiker

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"Sweet Hitch-Hiker"
Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Mardi Gras
B-side "Door to Door"
Released July 1971
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Roots rock, southern rock
Length 2:59
Label Fantasy
Writer(s) John Fogerty
Producer(s) Stu Cook, Doug Clifford and John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker"
"Someday Never Comes"

"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" is a song by the American roots/swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival from their 1972 album Mardi Gras. It was first released as a single in 1971 and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] On the Record Retailer UK Singles Chart, it peaked at #36.[2]

The song was written by CCR singer John Fogerty, and it has been described as a "classic John Fogerty stomper" by author Hank Bordowitz.[3]

The song mentions the Greasy King, a restaurant in El Cerrito, the California city where the band members were raised.

The B-side of the single was the song "Door to Door" written and sung by Stu Cook.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums. London: Omnibus Press. p. 275. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  3. ^ Bordowitz, Hank (2007). Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-55652-661-9. Retrieved 2009-11-30.