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February 16, 2021 10:26 am  #1

How CCR's "Proud Mary" Could Have Sounded Very Different

There's a lot in this extensive interview with John Fogerty, but this segment on the making of "Proud Mary" stood out to me. It was also the beginning of the resentment that would one day lead to the eventual breaking up of CCR.

"When Creedence finally got into a studio after flying down to L.A., we found ourselves in RCA Studios, the same place where Elvis had recorded, and the band was doing what I showed them to do, but it just didn’t sound very good.

"So I’m fighting for my song, and oh my goodness, I didn’t like how I felt, but I was fighting for ‘Proud Mary.’ I finally said ‘Look, I’m going to sing these parts.’ So the other fellas went away, because it was around dinner time, and of course they were very put out about it.

"But I just did what I always did for years at home on a little tape recorder. I knew exactly what to do. That was a big emotional conversation. But I got the result that I wanted, and that's what you hear on the record."

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