Stu Cook and Doug Clifford have been performing together for more than five decades, as childhood friends and as members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, known simply as “CCR” to its many fans.
CCR — Clifford (drums) and Cook (bass) would meet up with the Fogerty brothers — John and Tom — would sell more than 25 million albums worldwide and become one of the most popular artists in classic rock.
“Stu and I have been playing together since middle school,” Clifford said in an interview with the Sun Herald. “We met John and we formed The Blue Velvets and later we became the Golliwogs.”
Although the band officially broke up in 1972, Cook and Clifford still continue to tour as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band will make a stop in Biloxi at 8 p.m. on Friday for a show at the IP Casino Resort.
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“It’s still a huge thrill to get up there and play those songs to an audience,” Clifford said. “I’m a very blessed man to get to still do this.”
Known for hits such as “Proud Mary,” “Looking Out My Backdoor” and “Down on The Corner,” CCR mixed the sounds of Little Richard, Southern California and the American South into a signature sound.
“The South had a lot of influence on our music, especially New Orleans,” Clifford said. “‘Born on The Bayou’ is a New Orleans song and I still love to play it; in fact, it’s my favorite CCR song to do.”
If you go
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
IP Casino at 850 Bayview Ave. in Biloxi
8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26
Tickets start at $49 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.