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"Proud Mary" Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival from the album Bayou Country B-side "Born on the Bayou" Released January 1969 Format 7" 45 RPM Recorded 1968 at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California Genre Roots rock, swamp rock Length 3:07 Label Fantasy Writer(s) J. C. Fogerty Producer John Fogerty Certification Platinum (RIAA) Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology "I Put a Spell on You"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Proud Mary" is a rock song written by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Fogerty, and recorded by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was released as a single from the band's second studio album, Bayou Country, both released by Fantasy Records in January 1969 (although another reference related to album liner notes says just before Christmas, which would imply December 1968). The song became a hit in the United States, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, 1969, the first of five consecutive singles to peak at #2 for the group.
Background and recording
In the liner notes for the 2008 expanded reissue of Bayou Country, Joel Selvin explained that the songs for the album started when John Fogerty was in the National Guard, that the riffs for "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," and "Keep on Chooglin'" were conceived by Fogerty at a concert in the Avalon Ballroom, and "Proud Mary" was arranged from parts of different songs, one of which was about a "washerwoman named Mary." The line "Left a good job in the city" was written following John's discharge from the National Guard, and the line "rollin' on the river" was from a movie by Will Rogers.
The basic track for "Proud Mary," as with the other songs on the album, was recorded by John Fogerty (lead guitar), Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitar), Stu Cook (bass), and Doug Clifford (drums) at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California, with John overdubbing instruments and all the vocals later.
Chart (1969) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75) 1 Canada (RPM) 2 Norway (VG-lista) 6 Germany (Media Control AG) 4 UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 8 US Billboard Hot 100 2
Tina Turner versions
"Proud Mary" Single by Ike & Tina Turner from the album Workin' Together Released January 30, 1971 Format 45 single Recorded 1970, Los Angeles, California Genre Soul, funk rock Length 5:00 Label Liberty Records Writer(s) John Fogerty Producer Ike Turner Ike & Tina Turner singles chronology "Workin' Together"
"Ooh Poo Pah Doo"
"Proud Mary" Single by Tina Turner from the album
What's Love Got to Do With It
B-side "Disco Inferno" Released 1993 Format Promotional recording Recorded 1993 Genre Rock, Soul Length 5:27 Label Parlophone Writer(s) John Fogerty Producer Chris Lord-Alge, Tina Turner, Roger Davies Tina Turner singles chronology "Why Must We Wait Until Tonight"
Tina Turner first covered "Proud Mary" in 1970 with her husband at the time, Ike Turner. The Ike & Tina Turner version was released as a single from their Workin' Together album and the song differed greatly from the structure of the original, but is also well known and has become one of Tina's most recognizable signature songs. The Turners' version was substantially rearranged by Soko Richardson and Ike Turner. The song started off with a slow, sultry tone in which Tina introduced the song and warned them that they were gonna start it off "nice and easy" as "we never do nothing nice and easy" but said they would finish it "nice and rough". After the lyrics are first sung softly by the Turners, the song is then turned into a funk rock vamp with Turner and assorted background singers delivering soulful vocals. It reached #4 on the pop charts on March 27, 1971, two years to the week after Creedence Clearwater Revival's version was at its peak, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group in 1972.
In the Tina Turner biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It, the song is performed in a timeline of events in Ike and Tina's career in which the couple are transformed from an opening act to The Rolling Stones to a major headlining act by the mid-1970s. However, the film took significant liberties with that timeline; for instance, the film has the group performing the song in 1968 when they reportedly opened for The Stones in the UK, but the Turners didn't open for them until 1969 and "Proud Mary" had not yet been released by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Following its release and its success, Ike and Tina included the song in the act and first performed a version of the song on the Ed Sullivan Show. It's also performed in the years 1971 (the year of the Turners' version's release) and 1974, with the latter year's performance ending with fans cheering and chanting Tina's name which upsets Ike Turner as for years he had been given first billing. The film's dramatization of that scene and Ike Turner's descent into cocaine abuse was set up to dramatize the public's adulation of Tina Turner much to Ike's chagrin.
In 1988, a live solo version was included on the album Tina Live in Europe. Tina Turner later re-recorded the song in the studio for the biopic's 1993 soundtrack album of the same name. This version was released as a promotional single issued to radio stations and DJs. Tina's solo version was later included on her 2004 greatest hits album All the Best. After a contestant's performance of the song on The X Factor in 2010, this version entered the UK Singles Chart at #62 and fell to #121 the next week, it also entered the Scottish Singles Chart at #40.
Another live version was released in 2009 on the Tina Live album. It was recorded on March 21, 2009 in Arnhem, Netherlands as part of Turner's 50th Anniversary Tour. The song has now become a staple in all of Tina's live shows, including live duet versions with Beyoncé and Cher.
Ike & Tina Turner version
Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM 100 Singles 11 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4 U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs 5
Tina Turner version
Chart (2010) Peak
Scottish Singles Chart 40 UK Singles Chart 62
"Proud Mary" placed at #155 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.Both CCR and Ike & Tina Turner's versions of the song received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
"Proud Mary" has, over the years, been covered by a number of artists, including an early recording by Solomon Burke, and one by Ed Ames on his 1969 Windmills of Your Mind album. Anthony Armstrong Jones' 1969 version reached number 22 on the U.S. country charts. Also in 1969, version recorded by the Checkmates, Ltd. and produced by Phil Spector reached #30 on the U.K. Singles Chart.
“ Me and my band worked on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium...it was five 50-minute sets a night and rarely a night without a fight. But into New Jersey came the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and for three minutes and seven seconds of "Proud Mary," a very strained brotherhood would actually fill the room. It was simply a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions. ”
In addition to playing "Proud Mary" live with his early band, Child, Springsteen performed the song twice with the E Street Band during The River Tour in 1981, and several times from 1982 to 1987 at small clubs, including The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Elvis Presley also often performed the song in his Las Vegas shows and on tour in the early 70s. Versions can be found on the albums On Stage (1970), Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden (1972) and An Afternoon in the Garden (1972).
George Jones and Johnny Paycheck covered the song on their 1980 album Double Trouble. In 1996, "Proud Mary" was covered by Status Quo on their album Don't Stop and Polish thrash metal band Acid Drinkers recorded it on their 1998 album High Proof Cosmic Milk. In 2010, Marco Mengoni performed the song during his Italian 'Re Matto Tour'.
In 2004, Australian Idol season 2 finalist Ricki-Lee Coulter performed "Proud Mary" on the Final 10 60s Night. She received fantastic comments from the judges for this performance and was voted safe on the following verdict show. Ricki-Lee also covered this song on Australian Idol Season 2: The Final 10 Cast Album. The song was also sung on American Idol 2004 as the audition song for eventual winner Fantasia Barrino, and in 2009 the song was sung by Rachel Adedeji on The X Factor (UK).
The song was covered in the "Wheels" episode of the first season of the television show Glee, a version that reached number 78 on U.S. iTunes charts. The show used Turner's interpretation of the lyrics.
Mi Banda El Mexicano recorded a Spanish-language version called "Mary La Orgullosa" for their 1993 album El baile del caballito, as did Banda Pachuco for their 1994 debut album Pachuco Bailarin.
Cambodian rock artist Ros Sereysothea's song "Cry Loving Me" based its musical arrangement on the tune.
The 2011 drama film Bringing Up Bobby includes a version of "Proud Mary" (based on Ike & Tina Turner's rendition) sung by lead actress Milla Jovovich in her native language, Ukrainian. The recording plays in the background at the beginning of the film.