I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Creedence Clearwater Revival

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on August 20th of 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival’s album “Cosmo’s Factory” reaches #1 on the Billboard Hot 200, a position it would hold for 9 weeks. Cosmo’s Factory was the fifth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), released by Fantasy Records in July 1970, and released as Fantasy 8402 – the same month as the single release of “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” with “Long as I Can See the Light” on the B side. The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed early in their career. It was dubbed “The Factory” by drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, because bandleader John Fogerty made them practice there almost every day. With the release of Cosmo’s Factory in July 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival hit their commercial zenith. It was their fifth album in two years and became an international smash, topping the album charts in six countries. The band also toured Europe in 1970, playing the Royal Albert Hall to enthusiastic audiences, and had emerged as the most popular band in America by largely ignoring the trippy acid rock indulgences that were typical of the era. Perhaps more than any other CCR album, Cosmo’s Factory displays the wide range of musical ingredients that provided the foundation for their “swamp rock” sound: R&B (“Before You Accuse Me”, “My Baby Left Me”), soul with this cover of the Marvin Gaye song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, country (“Lookin’ Out My Back Door”), rockabilly and classic rock and roll (“Ooby Dooby”, “Travelin’ Band”), and psychedelia (“Ramble Tamble”). With “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” Creedence Clearwater Revival released an 11-minute version in 1970 for their Cosmo’s Factory album; it was one of the few songs CCR recorded that they didn’t write. Quite a contrast to many of the band’s compact hits, it allowed them to spread out and jam. In December 1975, CCR’s label Fantasy Records re-released the song as a single, which made it to #43 in the US.