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Proud Mary

Rating:
4.2 / 5

Words & Music: John Fogerty

Left a good job in the city
Workin' for the man every night and day
Haven't ever lost one minute of sleeping
Worried about the way things might have been

Been a lot of places down in Memphis
I umped a lot of babes down in New Orleans
Had a lot of shots at good times in the city
Till I hitched a ride on a river bout queen

A big wheel keeps on turnin'
Proud Mary keeps on burnin', rollin', rollin'
Rollin' on a river
Rollin, rollin, rollin on a river

If you come down to the river
I betcha you're gonna find some people who live
You don't have to worry
'Cause you have no money
People along the river are happy to give

I said a big wheel keeps on turnin'
Proud Mary keeps on burnin', rollin', rollin'
Rollin' on a river
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on a river

Recordingdate: 1970/02/16, first released on: On Stage (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Proud Mary:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)

Others*

(baton)
(guitar)
(drums)
(organ)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(bells)
(chimes)
(tambourine)
(tympani)
(vibes)
(clarinet)
(clarinet)
(clarinet)
(clarinet)
(flute)
(flute)
(flute)
(flute)
(french horn)
(sax)
(sax)
(sax)
(sax)
(trombone)
(trombone)
(trombone)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(trumpet)
(cello)
(cello)
(viola)
(viola)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)

*Orchestra, overdubs

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old shep wrote on April 29, 2008
Not for me! I'll stick with the CCR original.
ta2k wrote on September 20, 2008
Definitely for me ! TCB
JLpResLey wrote on September 20, 2008
A great song for Elvis. People is always saying that he lost his interest for rock songs during this time. Well, this one shows that he didn´t. He sang it with passion and energy. The on tour version is the best. The San Antonio show has not got the credit that it deserves. It is just as good as the phenomenal Hampton Roads show
Rob Wanders wrote on September 20, 2008
great rock songs. as well as from our man as from CCR as from Ike and Tina Turner.
Steve V wrote on September 20, 2008
When I first saw this listed on the 1970 On Stage album, I was very excited as it was one of my favorite songs. When I heard it , I was very letdown. It was very Vegas, performed much too fast, one set of lyrics was missing and that great Fogerty guitar break was missing. I think Elvis improved it with the On Tour version, but CCR's is the ultimate version.
Natha wrote on September 20, 2008
Knowing the original first I was positively stunned to hear Elvis' version. Even my brother, who was very much in 'present day music' liked this version as much as the original! To me the fact of it being live gave it that special Elvis touch I'm so enchanted with.
My boy, my boy wrote on September 20, 2008
I agree that the original from CCR is the best version. Elvis's best one is at MSG !
theoldscudder wrote on September 20, 2008
When I first bought the On Stage LP, I was so excited to see Proud Mary. One of my favorite songs. I was so very dissapointed upon playing the King"s version. It was rushed & even some of the lyrics were omitted. I still cringe this day upon hearing it. I love the CCR version. The Ike/Tina version is also good. Elvis really missed the boat with this one.
JerryNodak wrote on September 20, 2008
CCR is the ultimate. I, too, first heard Elvis' version from the "On Stage" album and really liked it even if there was a verse missing. There's nothing that says a singer must sing a song exactly as the original. BUT, Elvis improved his version with the MSG arrangement. Love that extended ending.
Jesse Garon Presley wrote on September 21, 2008
This song is certainly no let down for me, i always loved Elvis's version not rushed, i love it and i know Elvis loved the CCR version too, because he loved CCR that's why Elvis did love to sing this song
Biffx wrote on August 19, 2011
Wow Elvis really rocked this tune the 72 versions are nothing short of outstanding turn this one up loud and feel the power. Together with the backing of JD and the stamps unbeatable!!!
sugartummy wrote on April 26, 2013
It's strange that on the On stage version he omits the Memphis verse. In New York he do sings it. It's equal to the Creedence version, 'cause the song isn't their best.
ElvisSacramento wrote on May 05, 2013
This is such a spectacular, catchy, exciting, groovy, iconic, unique and electrifying song and I've never liked Elvis' renditions of it from 1970. I absolutely love all of Elvis' renditions of it from 1972 and 1974.
cookingfat wrote on May 05, 2013
No sorry, a limp version of the CCR hit.It's interesting that CCR 's version of My Baby Left Me was really outstanding
Gorse wrote on May 05, 2013
Yes CCR has the ultimate version but studio versions usually have the edge. Fogerty had a somewhat limited vocal range but his rasping vocal suits this song perfectly while Elvis's is slightly tame and too refined in comparison. I think however, that the song gains immeasurably when you see Elvis perform it on stage - 3 1/2 stars on record - 4 stars with film.
Deano1 wrote on May 05, 2013
There is nothing limp in any of Elvis' performances of this song. I prefer the Madison Square Garden renditions to the "On Stage" version but I like them all. The song itself is not one of my favorites (lyrically) and I really never cared for CCR (Fogerty's voice to me is so raspy, it is unenjoyable to listen to) or Tina Turner. Good song for a live show, but I am glad Elvis never did a studio recording of it. 3.5 stars.
TheKing01 wrote on May 05, 2013
I think he did fantastic! I love Tina Turner's version... although its a little slow for me. Elvis knew how to make this an upbeat and energetic song! Enjoy it every time!!
dgirl wrote on May 05, 2013
John Fogerty is a great rock and roll singer with one of the most distinct voices of all time. The rasp is just fine and it works on his material giving him a somewhat blues edge but on his classic Proud Mary, he sings it straight, almost Sun-like, rockabillyish. That's the way Elvis should have done it, but he added those Vegas horns and actually shouts in parts and the song loses its roots and soul. If I had to choose, the MSG version is better than On Stage, but its CCR all the way on this one.
trudygillenwater wrote on December 20, 2014
I love all three versions of this John Fogerty classic!
Cruiser621 wrote on August 17, 2018
There are certain songs I feel Elvis should have not done, whether in the studio or live, this being one of them. 2-stars from me. I really don't care for his version at all, period! Just a limp, lackluster attempt; "Credence Clearwater Revival's" version is the ultimate and original version period.
atomic powered poste wrote on October 29, 2018
None of elvis interpretations is the ultimate of the song, but his earlier versions from feb.70 are at least rockin'. 3 stars for the feb 70 version, 2 for the 72 versions.
Miknik7077 wrote on August 24, 2020
I love his take of Proud Mary, especially the Garden versions. To me he rocks it even more than the original.
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