For the next edition of The Original vs. The Cover, we are going with the classic song “Proud Mary” originally done by Creedence Clearwater Revival and covered by Ike & Tina Turner. The song was written by John Fogerty and released in January 1969 on the band’s album ‘Bayou Country’. This song has had 100’s of covers made of it, but in 1969 alone, there were 35 covers…35!!! Unbelievable.
The song was written by Fogerty after he was discharged from the Army in 1967 which was the the “good job” he left in the city. “Proud Mary” is the name of the River Boat and the song is about that journey down the river with the big water wheel rolling around and around pushing them down the river. The song went to #2 for CCR and #4 for Ike & Tina on Billboard Hot 100 charts which is pretty respectable for both.
But enough about that. Let us focus on the song and which version is better. We will start as we usually do with the Original and then discuss the Cover ending with a wonderful Verdict of which one I like more. And away we go…
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL