CCR Doug Cosmo Clifford

CCR Doug Cosmo Clifford

Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Happy birthday…April 24, 1945
CCR Doug Cosmo Clifford
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DG’s acceptance at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 

One of the most common questions  Museum guests at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ask me is, “What was your favorite group?” My polite answer is that that’s like asking me which is my favorite grandchild? Hopefully getting a chuckled response, I then say that the band whose 8-track I went home and bought was Creedence Clearwater Revival.  

In 1969 I didn’t get jamming. I loved albums and FM stations’ explorations, but when it came to a live performance I was looking for what I’d heard on the album. 

Creedence Clearwater Revival Woodstock performance fit that expectation. Great sound, tight playing, one hit after another. 

CCR Doug Cosmo Clifford

Blue Velvets

Doug Clifford, Doug “Cosmo” Clifford was CCR’s drummer and an original member of the band. In fact, it was John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook who first formed a group without John’s older brother, Tom. The trio called themselves The Blue Velvets.


In 1964, as a quartet with Tom, they signed with Fantasy Records as the Golliwogs. 

The band stalled in 1966 when both John and Doug received draft notices.  John Fogerty joined the Army Reserve;  Clifford the Coast Guard Reserve.


Things got back on track by 1968 after John Fogerty and Doug Clifford were discharged and the band became Creedence Clearwater Revival and released its first album, Creedence Clearwater Revival, on July 5 of that year.

 Some success in ’68 led to a breakout 1969: three hit albums and an invitation to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Their performance was, according to John Fogerty, subpar and that is the purported reason why he declined any inclusion from their set on the 1970 album. John blamed it on the audience. The Dead had preceded CCR and when CCR came on, John reportedly saw, “Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud,”

Stu Cook disagreed saying, ““The performances are classic CCR…”

Keep in mind that the Dead had closed with a rousing  39 minute rendition of Pigpen doing their classic “Turn On Your Lovelight.” And it was the middle of the night, so I’m not sure how John could have seen much at all.

End of CCR

In 1970, band tensions had its toll. Tom Fogerty left first and on October 16, 1972 Fantasy Records and the band officially announced the break up.

Doug Clifford solo

Doug Clifford

Doug Clifford released a solo album, Cosmo, and later joined Stu Cook in the Don Harrison Band.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.  Tom Fogerty had died in 1990, but the other three original members were there.

In 1995, Clifford and Cook formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited. John Fogerty challenged the name, but the courts decided in Clifford and Cook’s favor. The band has a Facebook page.

CCR Doug Cosmo Clifford

Declan O’Rourke Children of 16

Declan O’Rourke Children of 16

Easter morning, Dublin

April 24, 1916
“Proclamation Of The Irish Republic” by Michael MacLiammoir.
Declan O’Rourke Children of 16


Once the Irish uprising began on 24 April 1916, Easter morning, no one on Dublin’s streets was safe. The British imposed a curfew and the rebels themselves wanted no looting, but for the poor, and there was an abundance of them, their lives of scrounging for Dublin’s leftovers had to continue.

These poor were among the many killed during the failed uprising. No burial services were held. No graves marked. In fact most were interred in a mass grave in Glasnevin cemetery.

From the Irish TimesBroadcaster Joe Duffy…spent his spare time in the last year trawling records and has documented the deaths of 40 people under 17 among the 374 civilians who were killed during the Easter Rising.

Declan O’Rourke Children of 16

Declan O’Rourke

The Irish singer Declan O’Rourke composed a song in memory of those young: Children of 16.

Nostalgically remembering the 1960s and the protest music that came out of those turbulent years, many aging Boomers complain that today’s singers lack that sensibility.

Those Boomers are wrong. They need to look around and listen. I have put the lyrics to O’Rourke’s song before the video. Both are amazing.

Stephen Mogerley made the film at the GPO on O’Connell St in Dublin.

O’Rourke stands at the spot where Padraig Pearse read out the proclamation of the Irish Republic on Easter Monday, 1916.

Declan O’Rourke Children of 16

Children of 16

In Dublin town one Easter morn a hundred years ago
The Rebels led a rising from the city’s GPO
Brave heroes and their enemies fell, civilians in between
And among the dead and fallen were the Children of ’16

Those children of the tenement slums who daily with their pals
A brazen wild brigade sprang up between the two canals
With their handcarts over cobblestone they rattled, skid, and tore
Barefooted as they scavenged through the crossfire and the gore

A war zone of the capital the bombs and shelling made
And snipers’ bullets pierced and whipped the sulphured April haze
There was fighting from the union to the mill above the green
And it made a great excitement for the Children of ’16

Six days have bid the Rebels pay a grave and bloody toll
But through their blood and martyrdom Republic soon was born
High aloft its streets and buildings now their names can e’er be seen
But still missing from the pages are the Children of ’16.

Nor Pearse, nor Clarke, McDonagh nor the Connolly we know
Would rest were they remembered on a pedestal alone
And are they not the Fathers of our nation proud and free
And our sisters and our brothers then the Children of ’16.

Thank you Declan O’Rourke for keeping alive the memory of  actually important historic events.

Declan O'Rourke Children of 16
The 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Declan O’Rourke Children of 16

John Paul Nerk Twins

John Paul Nerk Twins

April 23 & 24, 1960 
John Paul Nerk Twins
From a Daily Mail article. “Rookie rockers: Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1960, soon after their not-so-successful gig at the Fox and Hounds”

Les Paul and Mary Ford, “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise”

John Paul Nerk Twins


The Beatles went through several name and personnel changes before they became that group with that name that arrived on our US shores in 1964.

According to the “I Am the Beatles” site, here is the sequence of names:

  • The Black Jacks
  • The Quarry Men
  • Johnny and the Moondogs
  • The Nerk Twins
  • The Beatals
  • The Silver Beetles
  • The Silver Beats
  • The Beatles
  • The Silver Beatles
  • The Beatles
John Paul Nerk Twins

Any gig will do

Today  I’ll briefly explore those two nights in April 1960 that John and Paul were the Nerk Twins.

It is always good to keep in mind that the boys were simply young struggling musicians who found gigs however they could.

Fox and Hounds 

Betty Robbins was Paul’s cousin. Betty’s husband, Mike, and she ran the Fox and Hounds in Caversham on the outskirts of Reading, Berkshire.

John and Paul hitchhiked from Liverpool to the tavern and worked behind the bar  for a week. Mike Robbins, aware that they were musicians recommended that they play on Saturday and Sunday nights.

John Paul Nerk Twins

A Nerk

They made posters and the Nerk Twins were born. According to Bill Heckle, owner of The Cavern Club in Liverpool, “In Liverpool, a nerk is a derogatory term for somebody completely without street cred.” Knowing John’s sense of humor, perhaps it was his self-deprecating idea.

Professional advice

Mike Robbins had been an entertainments manager hosting talent contests and asked them what song they’d start with? Paul said “Be Bop A Lula.” Mike asked them if they could do anything more upbeat. Upbeat was the best way to start a show. According to Paul, they took that advice to heart and used it for arranging future shows.

So they decided to play a cover of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise.” It’s the Les Paul and Mary Ford version from 1953 that you hear at the top of today’s entry.

No relics

No one recorded the Nerk Twins. And the few patrons who heard them those April nights cared. According to Mike Robbins, one of the locals said, “They were a load of bloody rubbish but they brought a bit of life into the pub.”

What about those handmade posters? No one has ever found one and I suspect that if someone does it’ll be worth a few bob.

John Paul Nerk Twins