Proud Mary was originally a hit song from the band Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. Ike & Tina Turner covered it for their live shows and released a studio version in 1971, taken from the album Workin Together. It was Ike & Tina's biggest hit in America, reaching #4 on the Billboard pop chart and was certified gold. The single 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 has become one of her most recognizable signature song. In 1993, she 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. The next year, it was released as a single along with the home video release of the movie about Tina's life story. All live versions were recorded at the Blockbuster Pavilion in San Bernardino on September 1993. In 2010, after a candidate’s performance of this version on the TV-Show „The X Factor,“ it reached the charts in Scotland and England.
Writer: John C. Fogerty
Producer: Chris-Lord-Alge, Tina Turner, Roger Davies
Release: June 1994
Label: Virgin (USA) / Parlophone (Europe)
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 5“ CD / Cassette
Charts: Scotland: #40 / UK: #62
Album: What’s Love Got To Do With It
The live music video was recorded at the Blockbuster Pavilion in San Bernardino, California on September 15, 1993, as part of Tina’s What’s Love? Tour, but was never released on home video as a separate clip. A live version from the 50th Anniversary Tour is available on Tina’s official YouTube channel.
Director: David Mallet
Producer: Rocky Oldham
Home Video: What’s Love? Live
CashBox - June 25, 1994
In case you haven't heard Miss Turner’s sinus-elearing version of this Creedence Clearwater Revival nugget enough yet, prepare for a new onslaught. This live recording, taped last year in Southern California, is meant to promote the recent home video release of her bio-pie „What's Love Got To Do With It“. Never sounding more powerful or confident, Turner takes another run at the charts with a song that's already taken her (and former hubby lke) to the top 5.
Billboard - June 18, 1994
Turner revisits the song that took her (and ex-hubby Ike) to the top five in 1971 as a clear tie-in with the home video release of the 1993 biopic „What’s Love Got To Do With It“. This live performance, recorded late last year at the Blockbuster Pavilion in San Bernardino, Calif., displays the legendary performer in top form. Classic Tina.