Proud Mary was originally a hit song from the band Creedence Clearwater Revivial in 1969. Ike & Tina Turner covered the song for their live shows and released a studio version in 1971, taken from the album Workin Together. The single became Ike & Tina's biggest hit in America, reaching #4 on the Billboard pop charts and certified gold. It won also a Grammy Award in the category „Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group“ in 1971 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. Proud Mary is one of the few Ike & Tina songs which Tina continuously performed live in her solo concerts and became one of Tina's most recognizable signature song. In 1993, Tina re-recorded the track in the studio with guest vocals by Timmy Cappello for the soundtrack album What’s Love Got To Do With It and released it as a single in 1994. Live versions from „Proud Mary“ can be heard on the album What You Hear Is What You Get (Live at Carnegie Hall) or on the home video Live in ’71. On the rarities sampler „Good Old Times“ from 1991, a previously unreleased „Funky Version“ was released with lead vocals from Ike and from the b-side track „Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter“, which was written by Tina’s sister Alline, is a very rare long version available on the Australian Nutbush City Limits maxi single.
Written by John C. Fogerty / Produced by Ike Turner / Engineer: Brent Maher
Written by Alline Bullock / Produced by Ike Turner / Engineer: Brent Maher
Taken from the album "What You Hear Is What You Get - Live at Carnegie Hall“
Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney / Produced by Ike Turner
"…John Fogerty hasn’t heard a thing until
he hears Tina do 'Proud Mary.'
The spoken introduction done over
guitar and Ike singing the song
in the background is perfect.
The pick-up from the slow portion
of their arrangement
to the up-tempo one is done
with precision and flash."
The Jim Fogerty classic gets a powerhouse treatment with the Turner originality and drive to put it right back up the Hot 100 and soul charts. Dynamite entry.
Original: January, 1971
Vinyl 7“, Vinyl 12“
Maxi: United Artists
USA (Pop): 4
USA (R&B): 5
USA: 1x Gold
Best R&B Vocal Performance (1971)
Grammy Hall of Fame (2003)