Creedence clearwater revival - Proud Mary

First performance: 02/04/1969


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 24 times: 

1969-04-02 - PANDEMONIUM, WANAMASSA, NJ
In his 1993 speech inducting Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Fame, Springsteen tells of his nights with Child at Pandemonium: "In 1970 suburban New Jersey was still filled with the kind of sixties spirit Easy Rider made us all so fond of. I'm referring to the scene where Dennis Hopper gets blown off his motorcycle by some red-neck with a shotgun! A weekend outing at the time was still filled with the drama of possibly getting your ass kicked by a total stranger, who disagreed with your fashion sense. Me and my band worked on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium. They'd recently lowered the drinking age to eighteen with the logic that if you were old enough to die you were old enough to drink! And so it was five 50 minute sets a night and rarely a night without a fight. The crowd was eclectic; rough kids just out of high school who hadn't been snatched up by the draft yet; Truck drivers heading home south to the Jersey pines who weren't gonna make it (not that night at least), and a mixture of college and working girls, women with bouffant hair-dos, and a small, but steady hippy contingent. Tough crowd to please all at once! We played behind a U-shaped bar that was just three feet and spitting distance from many of the patrons who came to just drink and stare and hassle the band. Into New Jersey came the music of John and Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook - Creedence Clearwater Revival; and for three minutes and seven seconds of "Proud Mary" a very strained brotherhood would actually fill the room. It was simply a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions." Springsteen isn't known to have played Pandemonium in 1970, so it's assumed he's talking about his residencies with Child in April, May, and July of 1969. Which shows he played "Proud Mary" at is unknown.
 
1971-01-22 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK
First time he covered the song with Steel Mill headlining in the Upstage. Steel Mill sometimes used a snippet of Proud Mary in the middle of Martha And The Vandellas' "Dancing in the street."
 
  • The River Tour  
1981-08-28 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA
1981-09-14 - RIVERFRONT COLISEUM, CINCINNATI
 
  • Vote For Change Tour
On this tour, the song featured a guest appearance by John Fogerty who shared lead guitar and lead vocals with Springsteen.
 
2004-10-01 - WACHOVIA CENTER, PHILADELPHIA
2004-10-05 - XCEL ENERGY CENTER, ST. PAUL
2004-10-13 - CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD
 
  • Working on a dream tour 
2009-04-16 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA
 
  • Wrecking Ball Tour  
 
  • High Hopes Tour 
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: The song was featured a guest appearance by John Fogerty, Rickie Lee Jones, Tyler Fogerty, and Shane Fogerty.  
 
 
 
  •  Off-Tour 
1982-04-11 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK
John Eddie

1984-01-14 - PATRIX, NEW BRUNSWICK
John Eddie

1984-04-08 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Cats on a Smooth Surface

1984-06-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
John Eddie

1984-09-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
John Eddie

1987-08-27 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT
Cats on a Smooth Surface
 
1999-12-20 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT
During his annual Christmas party at McLoone's Rum Runner in Sea Bright, NJ. Though the date is not certain it seems the party took place on December 20, and Bruce joined Bobby Bandiera's band for well over an hour, performing Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival songs among other classics.
 

2000-10-21 - HEDGEROW FARM, MIDDLETOWN, NJ
Special People United to Ride Benefit

2002-04-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Rumson Country Day School Benefit
 
2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert

2010-01-23 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Ranney School Benefit
 
  • Snippet
during DANCING IN THE STREET
 
1971-01-22 - THE UPSTAGE, ASBURY PARK
Steel Mill sometimes used a snippet of Proud Mary in the middle of Martha And The Vandellas' "Dancing in the street."
 

Songinfo

"Proud Mary" is a song written by John Fogerty and first recorded by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival , released from the album Bayou Country in 1969. In the Macintosh program "Garage Band", Fogerty explained that he liked Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and wanted to open a song with a similar intro, implying the way "Proud Mary" opens with the repeated C chord to A chord.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Bruce on proud mary :
 
Bruce Springsteen inducted Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame in January 1993. In his induction speech, he spoke of his experiences playing with his band in 1970 "on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium. He mentioned Proud Mary in particular as "a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions." Springsteen isn't known to have played at Pandemonium in 1970, so he must have been referring to a series of shows by his band Child at Pandemonium in Wanamassa, NJ, between April and July 1969. Thanks to surviving promotional ads and posters, we know of at least 19 dates on which Child performed at the club. Which shows he played Proud Mary at remains unknown.
 
 
Bruce´s speech inducting Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock´n´Roll Hall of Fame:
 
"In 1970 suburban New Jersey was still filled with the kind of sixties spirit Easy Rider made us all so fond of. I'm referring to the scene where Dennis Hopper gets blown off his motorcycle by some red-neck with a shotgun! A weekend outing at the time was still filled with the drama of possibly getting your ass kicked by a total stranger, who disagreed with your fashion sense. Me and my band worked on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium. They'd recently lowered the drinking age to eighteen with the logic that if you were old enough to die you were old enough to drink! And so it was five 50 minute sets a night and rarely a night without a fight. The crowd was eclectic; rough kids just out of high school who hadn't been snatched up by the draft yet; Truck drivers heading home south to the Jersey pines who weren't gonna make it (not that night at least), and a mixture of college and working girls, women with bouffant hair-dos, and a small, but steady hippy contingent. Tough crowd to please all at once! We played behind a U-shaped bar that was just three feet and spitting distance from many of the patrons who came to just drink and stare and hassle the band. Into New Jersey came the music of John and Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook - Creedence Clearwater Revival; and for three minutes and seven seconds of Proud Mary a very strained brotherhood would actually fill the room. It was simply a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions! Creedence started off in the long jamming tradition of other San Francisco bands, realised it wasn't their road, quit cold, and went on to great things· Green River. Bad Moon Rising, Down On The Corner, Lodi. Fortunate Son, Who'll Stop The Rain, Born On The Bayou, it wasn't only great music, it was great dance music, it was great bar band music. I remember in the late seventies I'd be out in a club and I'd watch some band struggle through one of my songs ond then just sort of glide effortlessly through a Creedence Clearwater tune. It used to really piss me off!. Anyway I stand here tonight, still envious of that music's power and its simplicity. And they were hits, and hitsville was reality and poetry and a sense of the darkness of events and of history. Of an American tradition shot through with pride, fear. paranoia and they rocked hard. Now you can' t talk about Creedence without talking about John Fogerty. On the fashion front, all of Seattle should bow! John was the father of the flannel shirt! And as a songwriter only few did as much in three minutes. He was an old testament, shaggy haired prophet, a fatalist; funny too. As Clint Eastwood said "A man's got to know his limitations". But I can say I've never met anyone who took'em so seriously! He was severe, he was precise, he said what he had to say and got out of there. He was lyrically spare and beautiful. He created a world of childhood memory and of men and women with their backs to the wall. A landscape of swamps, bayous, endless rivers, gypsy women, back porches, hand dogs chasing ghosts, devils, bad moon's rising. straight out of the blues tradition. He turned it into a vision that was all his own and in Doug, Stu and Tom he had the band that could back it up. What makes a great rock band is a funny thing - its not always the obvious things. You can't ever really know what makes a great band tick. Its not about what the players are exactly like. All I know is he had Tom Fogerty's relentless rhythm guitar and Doug and Stu's great rhythm section and John's songwriting and singing. All I know is they played great together. I bumped into John one day on Mulholland Drive and we laughed about how far he was from the bayou and I was from the New Jersey turnpike! Creedence made music for all the waylaid Tom Sawyer's and Huck Finn's, for a world that would never again be able to take them up on their most simple and eloquent invitation which is "If you get lost, come on home to Green River". So let me end by saying that in their day Creedence never got the respect they deserved. Who would have thought that in sixty-nine, before the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Strawberry Alarm Clock or Electric Prunes, Creedence would be inducted into a Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame, if there was ever gonna be one. They committed the sin of being too popular when hipness was all. They played no frills American music for the people. In the late sixties and early seventies they weren't the hippest band in the world - just the best. And anyway so let me finish by saying "Congratulations men for a job well done" and to all the nay sayers "Ha, ha, ha they told you so!" So Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, Jeff Fogerty (accepting for his dad, John Fogerty) congratulations, glad to induct you into the Hall Of Fame. " 
 
source : brucebase
 
 
 

Lyrics

Left a good job in the city
Working for The Man every night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleeping
Worrying 'bout the way things might have been

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans
But I never saw the good side of the city
'Till I hitched a ride on a river boat queen

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

If you come down to the river
Bet you 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

Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river