Sweet Hitch-Hiker

Creedence Clearwater Revival

About Sweet Hitch-Hiker

"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" is a song by the American roots/swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival from their 1972 album Mardi Gras. It was first released as a single in 1971 and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the Record Retailer UK Singles Chart, it peaked at #36. The song was written by CCR singer John Fogerty, and it has been described as a "classic John Fogerty stomper" by author Hank Bordowitz. The song mentions the Greasy King, a restaurant in El Cerrito, the California city where the band members were raised. The B-side of the single was the song "Door to Door" written and sung by Stu Cook. 

Was ridin' along side the highway, rollin' up the country side
Thinkin' I'm the devil's heatwave, what you burn in your crazy mind?
Saw a slight distraction standin' by the road
She was smilin' there, yellow in her hair

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival (sometimes shortened to Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums. more »

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Song Creation
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" was written by John Fogerty, who was the lead singer, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter for Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).
Release Date
The song was released in July 1971 as a single from the band's second compilation album, "Mardi Gras."
Chart Success
Upon release, "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, making it one of the band’s most successful songs.
Global Impact
Not only was it popular in the U.S., but the track also hit the top ten charts in several other countries including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and Ireland.
Single’s B-side
The B-side of the "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" single was "Door To Door," a rare Creedence Clearwater Revival original written and sung by bassist Stu Cook.
Last Top Hit
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" was the last top-10 single the band had in the United States before their break-up.
Lyrics Theme
The song's lyrics tell the story of a misunderstood man who picks up a female hitchhiker while traveling down the road.
Track Duration
The track "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" has a duration of 2 minutes and 59 seconds.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as number 408 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Album Contributions
This song was one of the three hits in CCR’s last album, “Mardi Gras,” the others being “Someday Never Comes” and “Hello Mary Lou.”
John Fogerty's Performance
Despite leaving Creedence years after the breakup, John Fogerty continued to perform "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" in his solo concerts.
Cover Versions
Over the years, "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" has been covered by several artists, including Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead during a 1981 live performance.
Song Genre
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" is characterized as a blend of swamp rock, country rock, and roots rock, reflecting the overall signature style of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Commercial Use
The song was used for the commercial of Levi’s Jeans in the 1970s, gaining more popularity and public recognition.
Music Video
A music video was made for the song, featuring the band members playing their instruments in a garage, highlighting the raw and powerful rock-and-roll spirit of CCR.

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