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Creedence Clearwater Revival (Music)

"Okay, say we were having hot dogs and Tater Tots?"
"Late '70s southern rock — Skynyrd, maybe Creedence."

With a distinctive bluesy rock-and-roll sound, Lynyrd Skynyrd furthered the genre of "Southern fried rock" and sang about topics ranging from the joys of marijuana ("That Smell") to the evils of Neil Young ("Sweet Home Alabama"). While a plane crash in 1977 tragically ended the lives of three band members, the familiar concert chant "Free Bird!" lives in perpetuity. Led by a pre-grizzled John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival spent much of the '60s and '70s "looking out [their] back door" and asking audiences various questions about precipitation. Also booking big hits with "Proud Mary" and an 11-minute cover of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," Creedence (or "CCR") is reportedly the American band with the most number-two singles that failed to hit number one. Maybe next year. Both bands have a solid legion of fans in the Confederacy and might be popular on the eight-track players providing the soundtracks for hot-dog and tot-fueled family picnics.

1.22 "Leave It to Beaver"

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