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1st April 1970: American rock group Creedence Clearwater Revival in London, April 1970. From Left to right, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford, John Fogerty and Stu Cook. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Down on the Corner”

The Hook: There’s an audible whistle that shouldn’t be there during the instrumental break.

Album: Willy and the Poor Boys

Year: 1969

Writer: John Fogerty

Stats: A double-A-sided single with “Fortunate Son,” it reached number-three on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Stuff happens in the studio during recording sessions, but most of the time we never get to hear it. Creedence bassist Stu Cook tells us that on the band’s 1969 hit “Down on the Corner,” we actually do.

Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook on a little flaw in their recording of “Down on the Corner.” OC:…goes by. :17

“When you’re multi-track recording, quite often noise and comments and things end up on tracks. There’s a whistle in the instrumental [whistles] like that that was left on the tape. One of those things that most engineers clean off, but you can hear it loud as can be on the tape as it goes by.”