Proud Mary was originally a hit song from the band Creedence Clearwater Revivial in 1969. Ike & Tina Turner covered it for their live shows and released a studio version as the second single from their album Workin Together, which became Ike & Tina's biggest hit in America. The duo promoted the song at several tv shows and performed it live in every concert. Live versions are available on the album What You Hear Is What You Get from 1971 and the home video Live In '71 from 2004. A previously unreleased „Funky Version“ with lead vocals from Ike was released in 1991 on the rarities sampler Good Old Times and a very rare long version from the b-side track „Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter“, which was written by Tina’s sister Alline, is available on the Australian Nutbush City Limits maxi single. Proud Mary is one of the few Ike & Tina songs which Tina continuously performed live in her solo concerts and became one of her 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. The song won a Grammy Award in 1971 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.
Producer: Ike Turner
Release: January 1971 / 1976 (maxi)
Label: Liberty / United Artists (maxi)
Format: 7“ Vinyl / 12“ Vinyl
Charts: USA: #4 (pop) / #5 (r&b) / Germany: #21
Certifications: USA: 1x Gold
Grammy: Best R&B Vocal Performance (1971) / Hall of Fame (2003)
January 30, 1971
"…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."
This is the single that’s causing all the uproar.