The Golliwogs - “Fight Fire” b/w “Fragile Child” (1966). This American rock band began in 1959 as an instrumental trio called The Blue Velvets. The original line-up was John Fogerty (guitar), Stu Cook (piano), and Doug Clifford (drums). In 1960, John's older brother, Tom, who had been in other local bands since 1958, also joined the group on vocals. The Blue Velvets released three singles in the San Francisco Bay area during 1961 and 1962 on Oakland's Orchestra Records.
By the end of 1964, the band had signed with Fantasy Records, whose co-owner, Max Weiss, changed their name to The Golliwogs without consulting them.
Seven singles were released by The Golliwogs in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Fogerty brothers adopted the composing credits pseudonyms "Rann Wild" and "Toby Green,” and most of the singles were credited to Wild and Green. “Fight Fire” was one of the singles that helped the propel the band forward, away from the British Invasion sound and toward the more psychedelic undercurrents emerging in the local Bay Area scene.
In December 1967, the Golliwogs changed their name to Creedence Clearwater Revival; their debut album was released in July 1968.
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