For her latest double album, Rockstar, Dolly Parton worked with an incredible roster of rock stars. Nonetheless, the legendary country singer has disclosed that she recorded a song with former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, which happens to be one of her all-time favorites from the 30-song album. Parton and Fogerty collaborated on a performance of the 1970 CCR smash song “Long as I Can See the Light.” Parton discussed her inspiration for recording the song in a video snippet from a recent interview with Eddie Trunk of SiriusXM radio. She mentioned how much she admired Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival and called him “one of the greatest voices and writers ever.” Even though Parton acknowledged that she and her husband Carl Dean were huge fans of CCR, she said, “I think I liked them more than Carl did.” “I had heard that song on one of the albums and I just loved it,” she said when asked why she had decided to perform “Long as I Can See the Light” in particular. It merely had a slight gospel taste to it and reminded me of a country tune.
I was raised in a church as well. Parton added that she was not interested in selecting a popular CCR song like “Proud Mary,” which had been recorded by numerous other musicians. She chose “Long as I Can See the Light” because she wanted variety on her record. Parton told Trunk that Fogerty had given her his full OK to record the song, and that he also made a thought-provoking proposal. John uttered… “[W]hy don’t we conduct business as we used to?” “Why don’t I simply travel to Nashville, form a band, and we just go straight ahead with it?” she recalled. “We’ll enter there and all sing along at the same time.” Parton declared that she was thrilled with the concept and that she “really loved” working with Fogerty, adding that it did bring back memories of her previous record-making process. She remarked, “People don’t record like that anymore. ” “We entered, grabbed the track, sung along with the band, and had a four-hour session set. They were having a great time doing it. While some of the session players were younger, others of the more experienced ones recalled how we used to record, having everyone in the studio along with the singer at the same time.
According to Parton, working with Fogerty on live recordings “was pretty much natural” for them. We didn’t have to repeat the process. Additionally, she said, “Our vocals were playing off one another, and it felt so good and natural.” “And we’re both old hands at this, so to speak, and we just have stuff that comes through in a way that you simply can’t get by just singing a song over and over again till it sounds right. It didn’t matter if it was flawless. That it was flawlessly good satisfied us completely. “That’s one of my favorite things on the whole album,” she continued. As previously said, Rockstar debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest-charting album in history for the country music icon. In addition, the album made its debut at the top of Billboard’s Top Album Sales list, being the first in the chart’s 32-year history to do so for an artist. In September 1970, CCR’s first release of “Long as I Can See the Light” was a double single along with “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.