100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

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John Fogerty

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In the late 1960s, at the height of psychedelic excess, John Fogerty wrote, sang and played guitar with Creedence Clearwater Revival like a man from another decade: the 1950s. His impassioned vocals and plainspoken workingman's politics were a big part of CCR's crossover appeal on underground-FM and Top Forty radio. But Fogerty's taut riffing, built on the country and rockabilly innovations of Scotty Moore and James Burton, was the dynamite in CCR hits such as "Born on the Bayou" and "Green River." Fogerty can also be a lethal jammer: See his extended break in CCR's '68 cover of Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q."

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