Thursday, November 19, 2015
Second Listen: "Proud Mary" (Ike & Tina Turner)
"Proud Mary" is a rock anthem 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 and would peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1969.
Just a year later, Tina Turner first covered "Proud Mary" 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.
Starting 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," the song would turn into a funk rock vamp with Turner and assorted background singers delivering soulful vocals. It reached #4 on the pop charts in 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.
With that said, take a second listen below to Ike & Tina Turner's rendition of Proud Mary" and Enjoy!