So that’s why Ed Sullivan always seemed a bit off-kilter. Interviewed on Long Live Rock, Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook recalls the band’s maiden appearance on Ed’s Sunday-night celebrity showcase.
“The first time we were there, we were like kids with our mouths open, being on America’s variety show. The variety show,” Stu tells hosts Sterling Whitaker and Classic Rock Revisited Editor-in-Chief Jeb Wright.
“Elvis, The Beatles—and it’s just like, ‘Wow, now us!’ We were like kids in a candy store, following everybody’s direction.
“We were so focused on doing everything right and not looking like kids from El Cerrito [Calif.] on our national television debut,” he continues.
“So we got done with dress rehearsal, and somebody in the production team comes over to us, and he says, ‘Of course, we’ve gotta tell you that Ed goes out and drinks his dinner, so all bets are off when we tape.’
“And sure enough, we’re standing onstage and Ed walks in front, and he starts shaking hands with the wrong person and he’s got the wrong names, and all you can do is keep smiling.”
CCR, which broke up in 1972—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993—has sold 26 million albums in the U.S. alone, driven largely by such infectious tunes as Down on the Corner, Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary and Looking out My Back Door.
In 1996, after years of litigation and acrimony with CCR frontman John Fogerty, Stu and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford formed Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The band has toured extensively every year since.
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