Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Saturday Morning's Greatest Hits: Proud Mary (1969)

Most folks are split over who had the more definitive version of "Proud Mary". Was it Ike & Tina Turner? Or was it Creedence Clearwater Revival?

One of the first 45's I bought 2nd hand after moving to my current downtown home was, in fact, CCR's version, which is a personal favorite. I bring this up because "Proud Mary" is being represented here in this clip from the March 1, 1969 episode of Happening '69 (formerly Happening '68, of course), a short-lived companion series to Dick Clark's better-known, more iconic American Bandstand. Singer Mark Lindsay, of Paul Revere & the Raiders fame, was the host. We won't see Mark in this clip, just CCR performing "Proud Mary". Videosolution uploaded the clip to YouTube. One of these days, I'll find some more Happening clips and talk more about the show......

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