Four years back I blogged about Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) signifying springtime renewal for me, having no thought that there was any direct connection between the two Clearwaters – Fogerty’s band and the Florida Spring Training Home of the Phillies.
One of the Beachcomber’s owners threw me a curve over the weekend, spinning a yarn about the name “Clearwater” in CCR having been derived from the town, but just to set the record straight, it ain’t so. The facts about Jim Morrison of the Doors hailing from Clearwater speak for themselves. But CCR was a California group who took the name “Creedence” from a friend of a friend of the band. About the only thing Forgerty and Morrison had in common was wearing black leather pants in concert.
The Clearwater part of CCR’s name, if Wiki is to be believed, stems from the slogan of a 1960s Olympia beer commercial, “it’s the water”. But that can’t be right – because the Olympia ads promote “Artesian” brewing water, not clear water.
Although … if Wiki is to believed … Olympia Brewing Company was owned at one time by Heileman’s Brewing Company. Might that be a connection to the Heilman’s Beachcomber yarn about CCR hanging around Clearwater? Perhaps some things are best left to the imagination …