Right-Click to Download This iconic tune was written by John Fogerty and recorded with his band Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. The bands’ name came from three sources: Fogerty’s friend Credence Newball (the spelling changed to creedence for “creed”), a commercial for Olympia Beer (clear water), and the band’s almost religious dedication to their music (revival). Cool, huh? I first heard them in my dorm room in college and I’ve been a fan ever since. Fogerty loved Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony… you know the intro “dit, dit dit…dah”. Those notes inspired the first two chords of “Proud Mary”, C and A. Who knew we were listening to classical all along.
“Proud Mary”, however, is probably the most over-played song in America (other than “Brown-Eyed Girl”, which I’ve grown to despise). I mean, EVERYBODY played this song, and I’m as guilty as the next guy. First we all played it like Creedence for, like, ten years. Then we had to do it like Ike and Tina Turner… well, I never did that – hated it! So if you’re tired of performing it the same old two ways (there’s always a request for it), here’s my version for you to try. Be brave – trot this one out there for fun and see what happens (the midi backing tracks are on the Pop/Rock list). And if some idiot says, “Hey, that ain’t the Proud Mary I know” – pat him on the back, buy ’em a drink, and suggest that he get a life.