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"Green River"
Green River label.jpeg
Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Green River
ReleasedJuly 1969 (1969-07)[1]
Format7" 45 RPM
RecordedSometime from March to June 1969[2] at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California[3]
GenreRoots rock
Writer(s)John Fogerty
Producer(s)John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology

"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 (see 1969 in music).[1]


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Sales and airplay
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 Appearances in other media
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


The song "Green River" was based on a vacation spot for John Fogerty.[4][5] In an interview Fogerty gave to Rolling Stone in 2012, Fogerty stated:

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.[6]

Fogerty added that the "actual specific reference, 'Green River,' I got from a soda pop-syrup label... My flavor was called Green River."[5]

Sales and airplay

"Green River" was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 13, 1990.[7]

Cover versions

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 album Mountain Music. The Minutemen included a live performance cover of the song on their 1984 EP Tour-Spiel. Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings covered it on their first album, Struttin' Our Stuff.

Appearances in other media

  • The song is available as a playable song for the Rock Band series of music video games as downloadable content.
  • This song is played in the trailer for the film Taking Woodstock.
  • The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the classic rock radio station K-DST.
  • This song is played during the lawn mower race in the King Of The Hill episode "Hank's Back Story"
  • The song is featured in the video game Mafia III on the in-game radio.


  1. ^ a b Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits (CD liner). Creedence Clearwater Revival. United States: Fantasy Records. 1991. FCD-CCR2-2. 
  2. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Overview: Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ Green River (Expanded Reissue) (PDF) (CD liner). Creedence Clearwater Revival. United States: Concord Music Group. 2008. FAN-30877-02. 
  4. ^ Thompson, Art. "John Fogerty Summons His Creedence-Era Spirit on Revival"
  5. ^ a b Michael Goldberg (1993). Jann S. Wenner, ed. "Fortunate Son: John Fogerty - The 1993 Rolling Stone Interview". Rolling Stone. United States: Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ Greene, Andy. Q&A: John Fogerty on All-Star Duets LP, Unlikely Creedence Reunion, Rolling Stone, May 4, 2012
  7. ^ RIAA Certification Search
  8. ^ " – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "RPM - Item Display: Top Singles - Volume 12, No. 5, September 20, 1969" (PHP). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. 
  10. ^ " – Creedence Clearwater Revival Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 1969-12-27" UK Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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