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Billboard Top 40 Singles 1971: #15: “Proud Mary”- Ike & Tina Turner. January 30, 1971.

  • Single” Proud Mary”- Ike & Tina Turner
  • Record Company- Liberty Records
  • Genre: Funk Rock
  • Written by John Fogerty
  • Time: 5:00
  • B-side: “Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter”
  • Album- Workin’ Together
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #4 13 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

Generally I don’t think it’s all that great of an idea to cover a song that had just recently been a huge hit -unless you have a different take on it. Ray Charles covering The Beatles- he did it the Ray Charles way. The same with the covers Aretha Franklin made of others hits. In 1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival had a #2 hit with ‘Proud Mary.” Solomon Burke and Checkmates LTD would cover the song before Ike & Tina did- but the Ike & Tina cover- is just as great as the original. In Ike &Tina’s hands it sounds like a different song. This single would win Ike & Tina Turner their only Grammy Award- for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group- they had been nominated seven times. It was also their biggest hit together.

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