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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: “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”

The Hook: As country a song as Creedence ever did.

Album: Cosmo’s Factory

Year: 1970

Writer: John Fogerty

Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded a couple of rockabilly covers on their early albums — “Ooby Dooby” by Roy Orbison and “My Baby Left Me,” which was made famous by Elvis Presley. John Fogerty also wrote the country-flavored “Lodi” for the group. But bassist Stu Cook says that with “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” in 1970, they took things to another level.

Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook on “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” OC:…we did. :18

“We always tried to have at least one good cover of a song by an artist or especially a favorite song of ours. On each album we tried to do that. But whenever possible, y’know, we would try and cop a style and do an original. And ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’ was just about as pure country as we did.”