Chart Position: 2

  • #19 bestseller for 1969
  • #41 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 100 greatest pop songs
  • #155 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Written and produced by John Fogerty
  • Lead vocals: John Fogerty
  • Guitar: John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty
  • Backing vocals: Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook
  • Recorded in San Francisco CA
  • Inspired by, and written while aboard, the Mississippi steamboat ‘Mary Elizabeth’ on the same day that John Fogerty completed his Army Reserve service
  • BMI named this song the 24th most played song of the 20th century
  • Later recorded by Checkmates ltd. (1969), Ike & Tina Turner (1971), Elvis Presley (1970), Lynn Anderson (1971), Brass Monkey (1971), Claude Francois (1969), Solomon Burke (1969), Conway Twitty (1969), Shadows (1970), Tom Jones (1974), George Jones & Johnny Paycheck (1980), Big Fat Mama w/Zora Young (1990), Godfrey Daniel (1972), Status Quo (1996), Green River Union (2002), Jubirt Sisters (2000), Prozak for Lovers (2001)  and many others


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