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CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (article first published : 2006-05-13)

In the 1960’s, American Music was dominated by the war in Vietnam. Protest songs seemed to be the order of the day and many rock and pop icons latched onto this phenomenon. One does not have to look further than Woodstock, with Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner, Ritchie Haven’s Freedom and Country Joe’s What Are We Fighting For as evidence of this.

Another band that headlined at Woodstock was Creedence Clearwater Revival. Their performance was at 3 am, after Greatful Dead over-ran their time slot, so very few people were awake to catch the CCR act. Due to record company disputes CCR did not appear in the film or feature on the sound track. They were, however, included in a 1994 remix of the Woodstock concert on Atlantic Records.

CCR were adopted by US servicemen in Vietnam as the “soldiers band”. This may have had something to do with the fact that three of the members of CCR served in the US Army Reserve. But one can’t help feeling that the lyrics of so many of their songs seemed to be tailormade for the Vietnam War. After their initial hits with Susie Q and Proud Mary, certain songs seem to have been written with ‘Nam in mind.

US Navy River Boat Patrols in the Mekong Delta adopted songs like Green River and Up Around The Bend, whilst army and marines thought that Running Thru’ The Jungle was their anthem. The monsoon rains in South East Asia gave special meaning to the songs Have You Ever Seen The Rain and Who’ll Stop The Rain.

The second show in The Dockyard Hall of Fame series, running for a two week season only is the tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival. The nucleus of the Dockyard Showband is joined by two talented youngsters, namely guitarist Theo Young and vocalist Dwayne Du Toit.

Vietnam veteran “Billy Bob Bodean” takes the audience through some of his experiences in ‘Nam and how the music of CCR became the sound track of his life.

The CCR Tribute will appeal to all those who remember JFK, the moon landings, Woodstock, Twiggy, Flower Power and John Lennon.

The show opens on May 10 to run until May 20. Tickets R160 pp which includes the show and a two-course supper (starters and mains). Patrons must be seated for supper around 18h30 from Tuesdays to Saturdays as the curtain goes up at 20h30. (R110pp Sunday Specials include the show and main course only with curtain up at 18h30, patrons to be seated for supper at 17h30).

Bookings or information from Karen at The Dockyard on 031 332 1086.




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