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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

§ I Am Music and I Pick the Songs: Proud Mary

{Song #39 « Song #40 » Song #41}

§ ≡ One of an ongoing series of posts in which I pick, in my not-so-humble opinion, the best songs of the second millennium. Feel free to offer constructive dissenting opinions; preferably set to music.

Song #40 is Proud Mary, sung by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

"Proud Mary" is a song written by American singer and guitarist John Fogerty. It was first recorded by rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), in which Fogerty played lead guitar and sang lead vocals, on the 1969 album Bayou Country. Released as a single in January 1969, it became the band’s first top-ten hit on the U.S. Pop chart, peaking at number two. It was the first of five singles that the band released that would reach that peak on the chart, a record for most number-two singles for a group without ever having a number-one song.

Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins [yikes!], CCR are sometimes also cited as southern rock stylists. To me, their sound, not to mention their appearance in the late '60s and early '70s, was the essence of good-ol'-boy rockers. And they evoke the days when being a red-blooded American was something our society had been proud of.

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