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The Golliwogs were the 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 sales although the second Blue Velvets single was added to Oakland’s KEWB top 40 playlist by famed 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, Stu Cook switched from piano to bass guitar.

In the middle of 1964, the band recorded two songs 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 re-named them The Golliwogs, an apparent reference to a once-popular minstrel doll called a Golliwogg.


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  • vitornevermindz

    I'm the only person on Brazil who listened to this.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Giuseppe1987

    In all honesty CCR's sound is much more evolved and in many cases very different to what they made as The Golliwogs.

    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • 2cabs2toucan

    It seems CCR are not among the similar artists because most people here are only listening to "Fight Fire" on the "Nuggets Psychedelic Era" compilation, which also includes those listed above as similar.

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
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  • Nicast

    I can't understand why CCR is not listed as a similar artist...

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • kflorence

    pre-CCR, actually.

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • barnkat36

    This band played at my 1966 High School prom and just blew everyone 's mind, they were awesome good and we were hicks form the sticks!! I lived in Upper Lake California , about 1 1/2 hours north of San Fran.

    6 Sep 2008 Reply

    A long forgotten great band .

    16 Aug 2008 Reply
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