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Proud Mary by Tina Turner

Updated on October 8, 2012

Introducing Tina Turner And Proud Mary

If you think Tina Turner, the most iconic song of hers is the now legendary version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit Proud Mary, and if you have ever seen Tina Turner strutting across the stage belting out a performance of this song, it's something not easily forgotten.

Needless to say this song is on the playlist for all of Tina Turner's live shows.

Originally written by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival and released by them in 1969, Proud Mary is still one of the greatest hits by the band.

Tina Turner did her first cover of this as a duet with her then husband Ike Turner in 1971, and it was released as a single off their "Workin' Together" album, reaching #4 in the pop charts.

Tina Turner's working of this song is very different to the original Creedence one, starting off slow, almost like a ballard, and then exploding into a true rock song that has everyone up and on their feet.

After some early successes in the 1970s with her husband Ike, things fell apart due to his drug abuse and physical abuse, however it wasn't long before Tina's solo career took off big time.

In 1975 she released her first solo album titled "Acid Queen" which was timed to release with the movie version of "Tommy" by The Who, in which she played and sang the "Acid Queen".

The early 1980s saw her return to fame with some great concert performances, and songs like What's Love Got To Do With It, Let's Stay Together and Private Dancer.

So sit back, crank up the volume, hit play on some of the videos below, and sing along to Tina Turner and her classic hit "Proud Mary".

More information on Tina Turner and Proud Mary is avalable at Wikipedia which was a source for some of the information above. Image from Wikipedia.

Song Lyrics: Proud Mary by Tina Turner

Proud Mary - Tina Turner from the album "Workin' Together" 1971

Left a good job in the city

Workin' for the Man every night and day

But I never lost a minute of sleepin'

Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been


Big wheel keep on turnin'

Proud Mary keep on burnin'

Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis

Pumped a lot of tane down in New Orleans

But I never saw the good side of a city

'Til I hitched a ride on the riverboat queen

[repeat chorus]

If you come down to the River

Bet you're gonna find some people who live

You don't have to worry 'cause you have no money

People on the river are happy to give

[repeat chorus]

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Creedence Clearwater Revival or Tina Turner?

The original hit recording of Proud Mary was by Creedence Clearwater Revival, but Tina Turner also had a supreme hit with her rocking version of this song, and it has pretty much become her signature hit. But which version do you prefer?

Which is your favorite version of Proud Mary?

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Tina Turner is Proud Mary, in my opinion. She overcame a violent past, rebuilt her life, became even more successful on her own and found happiness in her long-time partner. I have seen her in concert twice and each time was better than the other. Tina lit up the stage from beginning to end. Amazing woman.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Tina Turner is so much more than a just a great singer she is also a wonderful role model for women everywhere. I am very impressed with her. Love the song Proud Mary. I used to try to keep up in dance steps with her but gosh that girl is quick.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Great tribute lens, Tina has always been a favorite artist of mine. This woman has been through so much in life and just kept getting stronger. Nice work!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Tina Turner is an amazing person on stage, and off. She has over come so many things in her life, and keeps a smile on her face and that fierceness in her heart. Great lens :)

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      She is simply the best and nobody compares to her in this century.Went to Dublin about 14 years aago and it was the musical night of my life. Great lens

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Tina Turner OWNS Proud Mary. They should retire some songs, like sports numbers, don't you think?

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I went to my first rock concert in Dania, Florida at Pirate's World ... Ike and Tina Turner! They were awesome on stage together! A shame their personal relationship wasn't same.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tina is one of the best singing performers that ever set foot on stage.

      Must finish listening to Proud Mary. ~ Blessed!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I actually saw Tina Turner do this one in person at a supper club in New Orleans. Our table was just a few feet from the stage. The energy that was just pouring into that song and out onto the audience was almost tangible.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      I love Proud Mary by Tina Turner. She is quite a remarkable lady who really came into her own. Nice feature of her music.

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      small dog lady 8 years ago

      Awesome!!! Never loses its awesomeness