Updated: Aug 27, 2021
“Willy and the Poor Boys” is the fourth album from American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Released at the height of the Vietnam War in November of 1969, the album chronicles the sentiments of the title characters (or the everyday man of the time): poor in money, opportunity, and spirit. Every song off the album tells a unique story that’s not at all uncommon views from the Nixon era working class. Fresh off the heels of their Woodstock performance, consecutive top 10’s from their #1 album “Green River,” and frequent late night television performances, singer John Fogerty felt he had a duty to use his platform to tell a narrative that was constantly being drown out from the national spotlight. At its heart, “Willy and the Poor Boys” is a songbook of sorrows and protest anthems disguised as a melodic and mellow blues rock album of southern soul. Raise your lighter to the album’s many stories, including: “Cotton Fields,” “Down on the Corner,” and “Fortunate Son” by streaming the album now on Spotify!