Cream was founded in mid-1966 when drummer Ginger Baker left Graham Bond's Organization, Jack Bruce left Manfred Mann, and Eric Clapton left John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Together as Cream, the three played their high volume, blues-rock style music for standing room only crowds. Produced albums include: Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire, and Goodbye: The Best of Cream. Calling it quits after a November 26, 1968 farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, Baker and Clapton subsequently formed Blind Faith and Bruce began a solo career. In 1993, Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group performing three songs at the ceremony.
Meeting at junior high school in El Cerrito, California, Tom and John Fogerty (guitar and vocals), Doug Clifford (drums), and Stu Cook (keyboard and bass) began performing at local dances in 1959 as Tom Fogerty and the Blue Velvets. Signed by Fantasy Records in 1964 and renamed the Golliwogs, it wasn't until 1967 when the band adopted the name Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). Covering works of delta blues artists and with their own blues-rock originals, the band produced five platinum albums. The group disbanded in 1972 with members developing their individual careers. In 1993, Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Appearing in the Guiness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band, the UK group Deep Purple used powerful Hammond organ and heavy metal guitar riffs to punctuate their music. From their inception in 1968 until the band began to fall apart in 1974, Deep Purple sold nearly 15 million albums. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paige, vocalist Rod Evans (replaced by Ian Gillian in 1969), and bassist Nicky Simpler (replaced by Roger Glover in 1969) were founding members. Band members have maintained influential roles in various phases of the music industry.
Aspiring guitarists growing up in the 1950s and 1960s all recognized the name Duane Eddy. His classic instrumentals Rebel Rouser and Peter Gunn were some of the first riffs young guitarists learned. Playing a Chet Atkins model Gretsch electric six-string, Eddy's 'twangy' guitar sound became his trademark. With his own group, The Rebels, Eddy first recorded for Dick Clark's Jamie record label and toured with the Caravan of Stars. Eddy became very popular in Britain during the 1980s and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.