Australian singles charts:
Who’ll Stop the Rain / Travelin’ Band entered the Kent charts on 2 March 1970 and peaked at #4. It was #18 on the Top 100 of 1970.
The song is on Cosmo’s Factory which entered the Kent album charts on 31 Aug 1970. It hit #1 after only two weeks (on 14 Sep 1970) and remained there for an incredible 19 weeks.
Lyrically, Who’ll Stop the Rain breaks into three verses, with a historical, recent past, and present tense approach. All three verses allude to a sense of unending malaise, pondered by “good men through the ages”, “Five Year Plans and New Deals/wrapped in golden chains”, and the Woodstock generation.
Musically, in contrast, both musically and for Fogerty’s vocal delivery, Travelin’ Band is inspired by 1950s rock ‘n’ roll songs, particularly those of Little Richard.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who’ll_Stop_the_Rain and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelin’_Band
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