" is a song written by John Fogerty
and originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival
. It was included on their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory
. Backed with "Who'll Stop the Rain
", it was one of three double sided
singles from that album to reach the top five on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart
and the first of two to reach the #2 spot on the American charts, alongside "Lookin' Out My Back Door
". "Travelin' Band" was also a hit in the UK
, reaching number eight on the UK Singles Chart
The song was inspired, both musically and for Fogerty's vocal delivery, by 1950s rock n' roll songs, particularly those by Little Richard
. In October 1972, the company that held the publishing rights to Richard’s "Good Golly, Miss Molly
" felt that "Travelin' Band" bore enough similarities to warrant a plagiarism lawsuit that was later settled out of court. The lyrics of the song describe what life is like for a musician on the road.
It has been covered by a few artists, most notably Elton John
, who recorded a cover of the song early in his career. Jerry Lee Lewis
sang the song with Fogerty on the album Last Man Standing
The song appeared in the Brazilian film O Homem Que Copiava
in relation to an over-the-hill rock fan who has a preference for Creedence. It plays during the armored car robbery sequence.
Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11......