Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Down On The Corner” Live
Bring A Nickel, Tap Your Feet!
“Down on the Corner” was written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival for their fourth studio album “Willy and the Poor Boys.” It was released on September 1969 under Fantasy Records. It basically tells the story of fictional jug band “Willy and the Poor Boys” who play on street corners in exchange for nickels.
The name of the jug band was also the name of CCR’s fourth straight million-selling album.
The chart-topping hit peaked at number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100. John Fogerty was also the one who did ALL the singing. The vocal tracks he recorded were simply overdubbed. CCR also appeared as the aforementioned fictional band in the cover.
The song makes reference to a gut bass in the line “Blinky thumps the gut bass and solos for a while”. In a 1969 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band performed the song as Willy and the Poor Boys. Stu Cook played a gut bass, which mimicked the appearance of the band as they appear on the album cover.
There may be several cover tunes from various artists yet it’s undeniable that nothing beats the original!