Ike & Tina Turner

Proud Mary

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Ike and Tina Turner's version of John Fogerty's "Proud Mary" is roundly considered a stone soul classic, but although it features a powerful vocal performance from Tina Turner, most of its notoriety is due to its rather camp extended spoken-word introduction, in which Tina overheatedly promises that while the song will start easy, it's going to finish "nice?and rough." The first part of the promise is kept soundly, but frankly, the second half of the song is supper-club soul, with Tina and the Ikettes' storming vocals held back by a surprisingly goofy and square arrangement that makes the song sound like it belongs in a Laugh-In sketch about soul music. While this may seem heresy to those who have long enshrined "Proud Mary" in the pantheon of killer soul singles, there's a distinct whiff of cheese here no matter how well Tina Turner sings it. At the end of the day, Creedence Clearwater Revival's original is still the best.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Greatest Hits [Curb] 1969 Curb 4:56
Workin' Together 1971 One Way Records 4:56
No Image 1976 3:15
No Image 1980 Liberty
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Vestron
No Image 1986 Vestron
Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:15
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 1988 Saja 2:39
Great Records of the Decade: 70's Hits Pop, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Curb 4:56
EMI Legends of Rock N' Roll: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time 1991
Various Artists
EMI Legends of Rock 'N' Roll Series / Capitol 4:57
Rhythm & Blues: 1971 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 4 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Proud Mary and Other Hits 1992 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Black on White: R&B Covers of Rock 1993
Various Artists
Rhino
Legendary Superstars, Vol. 1 1994 Original Sound Entertainment 4:56
The Collected Recordings: Sixties to Nineties 1994 Capitol / EMI Records 4:59
Only Rock 'N Roll 1970-1974: 20 Pop Hits 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:45
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Original Hits 1995 Disky 4:58
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Early 70's, Vol. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 4:56
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Vols. 1-5 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Soul Classics, Vol. 6 1996
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:56
I Love Rock & Roll: Hits of the '70s, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:31
18 Classic Tracks 1996 EMI
Working for a Living 1997
Various Artists
Zomba 4:58
Big Hits of the 70's [EMI-Capitol] 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:56
70's Hits Back 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:57
No Image 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Selection of Ike & Tina Turner, Vol. 2 1998 Golden Sounds 2:39
Esquire Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:54
Sounds of the Seventies: Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:22
Absolutely the Best 1998 Fuel 2000 / Varese 6:59
Great Rock & Roll, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:45
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 1 [Platinum #2] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:56
Ultimate Collection 1999 Classic World Productions, Inc. 4:56
40 Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 4:56
Original Gold: Ike & Tina Turner [#2] 1999 Disky 4:57
It's Only Rock & Roll [Rhino] 1999
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 4:01
Rockin' 70's, Vol. 2 [Madacy] 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:58
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 4:50
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 4:57
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:56
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:40
A Child's Celebration of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Music for Little People 4:56
Nutbush City Limits [Mastersound] 2000 Mastersound 4:53
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 4:55
Solid Soul, Vol. 5: Soul Mates 2000
Various Artists
Solid Soul (Netherlands) 4:57
The Hits 2000 Hot Town 2:41
The Woodstock Generation: Everything Is Beautiful 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 4:56
Every Hit Single: 1960-1974 2001 Aim Records 4:55
Absolutely the Best of the 70's: 20 Big Hits 2001
Various Artists
Varese 4:56
No Image 2001 Intercontinental Records 4:58
Golden Empire [Classic World] 2001 Classic World Productions, Inc. 4:57
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 4:56
A Year in Your Life: 1971, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:56
American Bandstand: CD 3 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:56
No Image 2001
Various Artists
GSC 4:58
Greatest Hits [Classic World] 2002 Classic World Productions, Inc. 4:58
The Very Best Ike & Tina Turner Album Ever 2002 EMI Music Distribution 4:55
The Open Road [EMI] 2003
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:55
Rock Heroes [Eurotrend] 2003
Various Artists
Eurotrend 3:01
The Essential Collection 2004 Fuel 2000 6:59
The Best of Ike & Tina Turner [Kala] 2004 Time Music 2:41
Original Gold 2005 Original Gold (Netherlands) 4:57
Greatest Hits [Galaxy/Zyx] 2005 Silver Star / Zyx 2:42
Hollywood: Trilogy 2007
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 2:37
Rock & Roll Highway [Somerset] 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 4:57
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Pop and Classic R&B [Borders Exclusive] 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 4:57
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic R&B 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 4:57
Legendary Seventies 2008
Various Artists
Disky 4:56
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:56
The Complete Soul Collection 2009
Various Artists
Horizon 4:53
101 Soul Anthems 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Source Interlink / Virgin 4:58
Workin' Together/Let Me Touch Your Mind 2011 Beat Goes On 4:56
Ike & Tina Turner Sing Great Rock & Pop Classics 2011 SPV / Yellow Label 2:37
The Hits Collection 2012 Music Club Deluxe 2:41
100 Hits: Rock Classics 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:54
Sweet Soul Music: 1971 2014
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:30
NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1970's 2014
Various Artists
Universal 4:57
Golden Empire 2015 Classic World 4:57
100 Hits: Funk & Soul
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 4:58
Best of (Capitol) Capitol 4:57
Campfire Collection
Various Artists
Charity CDs 3:29
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:31
Rock Heroes, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eurotrend 3:01
Super Oldie Hits, Vol. 2: Die Grössten Hits der 50er, 60er und 70er
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:58
The Best of Ike & Tina Turner [EMI] EMI Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie