Did You Know: “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Our ‘Tickets @ 2’ song today is “Proud Mary” by the group from El Cerrito California, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The phrase “Proud Mary” reminded John Fogerty of a domestic washerwoman. When he wrote the music, the first few chords reminded him of a paddle-wheel going around, and he thought of the Mississippi River. Instead of being about a clean-up lady, “she” became a boat.

This was a top-5 hit for Ike & Tina Turner in 1971, and a highlight of their live shows.

“Proud Mary” attracted 35 covers in the year 1969 alone. Over 100 have been made so far.

The line, “Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans” is actually “Pumped a lot of ‘Pane,” as in propane.

When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller # 10 to win a 4-Pack of tickets to Disneyland Park to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party this Friday. 1-800-232-KRTH (5784).


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