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"Green River" is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was written by John Fogerty and was released as a single in July 1969, one month before the album of the same name was released.[1]

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Background[edit]Edit

The song "Green River" was based on a vacation spot for John Fogerty.[5][6] In an interview Fogerty gave to Rolling Stone in 2012, Fogerty states:

"What really happened is that I used a setting like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about thing from my own life. Certainly a song like "Green River" – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it's actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn't called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the audience shifted at the time and place."[7]

Fogerty adds that the "actual specific reference, "Green River," I got from a soda pop-syrup label... My flavor was called Green River."[6]

Sales and airplay[edit]Edit

"Green River" was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 13, 1990.[4]

Chart (1969) Peak

position

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 5
Canada (RPM)[9] 5
Germany (Media Control AG)[10] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 19
US BillboardHot 100[12] 2

Cover versions[edit]Edit

Mary Wilson of The Supremes worked with UK record producer Gus Dudgeon on a cover version in the early 1980s. It remains unreleased. Country band Alabama recorded a cover version of the song that appears on their 1982 albumMountain Music. The Minutemen included a live performance cover of the song on their 1984 EP Tour-Spiel.

Appearances in other media[edit]Edit

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