Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty paid tribute to Tina Turner last week at the AO Arena in Manchester, England. As part of his tribute, he chose to play ‘Proud Mary,’ a song meaningful to both him and Turner. The late singer’s version of the song was referenced by the writer of his previous band’s 1969 hit, who admitted that his admiration for her dates back to the 1960s. Before performing the song, the former CCR frontman told the audience:
“We recently lost Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Tina and I toured together in the year 2000. Of course, Tina did my song, ‘Proud Mary,’ in 1971, and it was a breakthrough and hallmark song for her. Every week, I saw her on TV in that red dress, with the Ikette girls dancing in the backdrop. She was incredible, and I’d like to dedicate doing Proud Mary – this is my first good song I ever wrote – to Tina Turner.” This isn’t the first time Fogerty has openly praised Turner. He had already expressed his respect for the late singer on Twitter, uploading a video of her performance of ‘Proud Mary’ from 1970, reflecting the emotions he stated at his latest event.
His tweet stated: “I was devastated to learn about Tina Turner’s death… I adored her rendition of ‘Proud Mary!’ It was unique and great. I was very overjoyed since she chose my song, which became her breakthrough single.” Tina Turner, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, suffered several health challenges until her death at the age of 83 at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland.