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'Proud Mary'~Now that's one cover I haven't played in years~Have You?

Lucidology

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Curious … it's not requested like it used to be.
Remember it used to be requested just as much as Mustang Sally & Brown Eyed Girl.
 

woof*

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I did it a couple years ago.
The song always pleases a crowd and gets them on the floor...this even happens in blues joints. Just flat out sounds good...easy to play...and brings back lot's of memories for people.
 

TB72

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I used to do a lot of work with a couple of female singers. I played the Ike & Tina Turner version way beyond the point of being tired of it.

But you're right. Proud Mary isn't requested as often as it once was. I still get plenty of requests for CCR, but not for Proud Mary specifically (which is nice, since I get to pick one I like better).
 

shredtrash

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I've been playing it recently in my acoustic duo. We get a CCR request every other gig so I dusted it off. I'm not a CCR fan but money talks!
 

loudboy

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BEG and MS replaced it and "Joy To The World" on the hack list...

Great song, but way overplayed by everyone, in the '70s.
 

lhallam

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That was one of those tunes every gtrist had to learn much like every drummer had to learn "Wipe Out".

Played it about 4 years ago and forgot the Bm chord. Argh.
 

DøøG

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Ha, yeah, that tune. I used to play it in the very 1st band I was in, and I still can't stand it to this day 40+ years later, lol. We do play it once in a while at a local jam. I cringe all the way thru it, hahaha....
 

gmann

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We played a festival 2 yrs ago and the girl we were backing up wanted to do it. We did the Ike & Tina version. 1st time in about5 yrs or so that I've played it. When we did play it we did the CCR version.
 

andybaylor

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Works great for me!
Drop-D tuning. Big sound.
Add copious amounts of tambourine.
Done.
Next?
 

Lucidology

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DøøG;17243081 said:
Ha, yeah, that tune. I used to play it in the very 1st band I was in, and I still can't stand it to this day 40+ years later, lol. We do play it once in a while at a local jam. I cringe all the way thru it, hahaha....
Too funny …
 

BBSuggs

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Played a reunion gig this past Thanksgiving, and somebody requested Proud Mary. The guys called out some odd key. At least I thought so. But, we fumbled through it.
 
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sixty2strat

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Not played in years. When I see it on a bands set list I blow off the audition. A million great CCR tunes that every ones knows pick another
 

guitarjazz

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How does one properly mimic the CCR version? (I only learned the trick a few years ago). Don't say haircuts and Kustom amps.
 

jman

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Tina singing that song is somethin' - a function/wedding type band in NYC area i subbed in a few years back did that version in the set...singer was white and irish,but she did a nice job! i recall the crowds always lovin' it.
 

Frank Prince

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One guy who calls me every once in a while does a kind of jacked up version of it. The biggest problem I have with it is every band that I play it with does it a a little differently, and some of them are the type of player who don't really know how to cue properly, so it can be kind of a tightrope act on certain gigs.
 

guitarjazz

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The biggest problem I have with it is every band that I play it with does it a a little differently, and some of them are the type of player who don't really know how to cue properly, so it can be kind of a tightrope act on certain gigs.
Exactly!
 

guitarjazz

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The CCR secret, that you may all know, is that John tuned down a whole-step. So Proud Mary is really like a Steve Cropper part especially the sixths. The intro is Midnight Hour reworked. So John played the whole tune like he was in open E.
He's down a whole step on many CCR tunes.
 






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