Friday, July 15, 2016

BATTLE OF THE BANDS: CCR V. IKE & TINA TURNER

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,


It's time for the July 15, 2016, Battle of the Bands.

Our host, Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy, provides us with this information about the bloghop:

The whole thing is really quite simple: You select two different versions of the same song (versions  you feel might give each other some competition in the voting) and you post them on the 1st and the 15th of each month. On the 7th and 21st of each month, you add your own personal vote to the mix, total up all the votes and announce the winner on your blog.

Beyond that, just try to have fun with it and let your readers/voters have fun with it.




All right! Let's have fun!

Our song for this competition is Proud Mary, written by John Fogerty in 1968 and released by his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, in early 1969. In March, Proud Mary peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Fogerty stated that he wrote the song during the two days after he left the Air National Guard, the good job left in the city to which the song refers. 

Here's our first contender in today's battle, Creedence Clearwater Revival with Proud Mary:






I like John Fogerty's distinctive voice, but I admit that as a youngster--a very young youngster in 1969--I thought his name was John Ford Coley.  I figured it out.

While it was still on the charts in 1969, Solomon Burke recorded Proud Mary because he saw it as a song recorded by white artists, but he believed it represented the African American experience. Burke, quoted on Wikipedia, states that "the greatest thing I ever did was tell Ike Turner, 'Hey man, you should get on this record . . . I think you and Tina could tear this thing up.'”

Ike and Tina Turner did indeed tear up Proud Mary. Their version reached #4 on the pop charts in March, 1971, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group in 1972.

I could tell you to ignore the video and only listen to the song, but I don't know if it's possible to ignore this performance. Here's our second contender in the current battle, Ike and Tina Turner:



Ike Turner was creepy, but boy, I love Tina.

Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to vote in your comment for your preferred version of Proud Mary. Will you choose CCR or Ike and Tina Turner?

I'll return on July 21 to tell you who our winner is.

Happy listening! Please consider joining our bloghop.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug



Voice Your Vote...

@ ‘TOSSING IT OUT’ by clicking HERE.
@ ‘YOUR DAILY DOSE’ by clicking HERE.
@ 'MIKE'S RAMBLINGS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CURIOUS AS A CATHY' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE SOUND OF ONE HAND TYPING' by clicking HERE.
@ 'DCRELIEF - BATTLE OF THE BANDS' by clicking HERE.
@ 'THE DOGLADY'S DEN' by clicking HERE.
@ 'CHERDO ON THE FLIPSIDE' by clicking HERE
@ 'ANGELS BARK' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JINGLE JANGLE JUNGLE' by clicking HERE.
@ 'JANIE JUNEBUG, RIGHTING & EDITINGby clicking HERE.
@ 'J.A. SCOTT' by clicking HERE.
@ 'QUIET LAUGHTER' by clicking HERE
@ 'REINVINTAGED' by clicking HERE
@ 'EVIL POP TART' by clicking HERE.  

52 comments:

  1. This became one of the most over-performed songs back in the 70's. Every bar band around performed this one ad nauseam to the point where I got kind of sick of hearing it. But it's a classic. No doubt in my mind that if we were basing this on performance that Tina Turner would win, but just listening I still prefer the version by CCR.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I was much too young to go to bars then. Willy Dunne Wooters is robbing the cradle.

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  2. CCR is great but Tina knocks it out of park! Gotta vote for her!

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    1. As a child, I didn't appreciate Tina. I got over it. She's great.

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  3. In spite of my love for CCR, I have to go with Ike and Tina for this particular song.

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    1. Tina thanks you. If Ike weren't dead, he would not thank you because he was a rat bastard.

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  4. Mentally reviewing the choices before watching them one after the other, I thought I would vote for Ike and Tina (well for Tina, anyway). But watching and listening to them convinced me to choose CCR. I like John Fogerty's delivery better than the freneticism of Tina's. I am a huge fan of Tina, but for this song I like CCR better. Now if the vote was for best legs, it would be Tina all the way. :-)

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  5. Janie, don't feel bad I also thought John Fogerty was John Ford Coley and I thought it was just me. There is no denying Tina Turner does a great job with this song, but I prefer male vocals usually to female and this doesn't change even with this song. I'm giving my vote to John Fogerty. Thanks for stopping in and playing along in my Battle of the Bands!

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    1. I think you're saying that to make me feel better. For years I couldn't figure out who John Fogerty was, but I knew John Ford Coley was the guy from CCR.

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    2. Ha!-Ha! I literally laughed-out-loud.

      Funny the things we KNOW
      That just ain't SO.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. I'm a woman of a certain age, yet I continue to learn names I misunderstood for years, and lyrics that aren't what I thought they were. There's a bad moon on the right, but I know some people thought it was there's a bathroom on the right (or at least they joked that those were the lyrics). Now I can't stop giggling. When I started going to the grocery store after I moved to Jacksonville, Publix had a sign out front advertising reusable bags for groceries. I don't remember the first part, but in big letters it said REUSE REPEAT. Well, I thought it said REPENT, and I nearly dropped to my knees in the parking lot.

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    4. Janie, No, really I thought exactly the same thing. I misinterpret things because of poor hearing when I was younger. I suffered with horrible ear infections that damaged my ears. To this day I struggle with high pitch sounds, not hearing properly in a crowded situation, and even not pronouncing words right because of this problem early on. I don't know when it was that I finally figured out John Ford Coley was John Fogerty, but I did. :)

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    5. I'm sorry about your hearing loss, Cathy. Willy Dunne Wooters has the same problems. I quite often help him in restaurants because he has no idea what the server says.

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  6. Well, this one was really difficult. For listening and dancing I prefer Credence. For visual performance I prefer Tina. But to listen to Tina's version on the radio without having ever seen her (which is how I heard it first way back when) I do remember I much preferred Credence's version. The fast part just sounded screechy and frantic and I didn't really like the switch up. So, even though after seeing Tina on TV later and falling in love with her performance art--I pick the author's group CCR.

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  7. Gee, two classic versions of this song. Make it easy, why don'tcha? XD

    Since you discussed Solomon Burke's version of the song, I just had to go flying over to YouTube and hear it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJw79k4wGc). That version is superb. If it had been in the running, I'd've voted for it. It makes me wonder what other soul singers (Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, etc.) would have done with it...

    Of these two versions, I like CCR's better. Don't get me wrong, Ike & Tina do an excellent job, but it gets a little too frenetic at the end.

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    1. I used your link to find Solomon Burke and wasn't impressed. Good, but not great. I think everything with Ike and Tina turned out frenetic at the end.

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  8. I think Creedence has the better version but Ike and Tina put on a better show of performing it.

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    1. Tina is hard to beat as a performer. She doesn't have the best voice, but she's unique.

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  9. TINA !
    I always wanted to be a 100 pounds, tall, could dance and be a backup singer for TINA ! All in heels, like Ginger Rogers !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. I was surprised to learn that Tina is 5'4". Of course, the great legs and the heels make her look quite tall.

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  10. I agree with you that Tina is awesome. But that dress she was wearing, YIKES!
    Ike & Tina do a great version of this song.
    However, I'm much more partial to CCR and I love how they perform the song. Give my vote to CCR.

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  11. LOVE, JANIE ~
    Classic song!

    I've always felt kind of so-so about Ike & Tina Turner. Never loved 'em, never hated 'em. Kinda-sorta liked 'em... sometimes. But never felt compelled to purchase anything by them.

    CCR, on the other hand, I always liked. And, dang, could their drummer, Doug Clifford, keep a solid, interesting beat!

    Easy one here for me this time: CCR

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I always liked CCR, even when I thought John Fogerty was named John Ford Coley. I didn't care for Ike and Tina when I was young. After Tina left Ike, I came to appreciate her.

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  12. If I were to base my vote on performance I would give it to that asshole and Tina. But, I am a longtime lover of CCR (probably since the time I was in the womb). John Fogerty just makes that song that much more pleasant to listen to. Wouldn't it be a real hoot if John Ford Coley put out his own version of the song as well? LOL

    Giving my vote to CCR

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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    1. I continue to search for John Ford Coley.

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    2. I was inspired by the comments in your battle. And I've got a post coming out on Aug 3.

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    3. Now I'm curious about why you're inspired by the comments. I hope to see you on August 3.

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  13. I did this same battle back in June 2015! Will be interesting to see if the results turn out the same as they did back then.
    I love Tina and Ike doing this song (I can't stand Ike: he was such a monster) and their performance is definitely fun. But for the music only, I'm going with CCR: I like their musical version better than Tina's. Please give my vote to John Fogerty and the awesome CCR!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  14. My vote is the version my 11yo daughter sang in her fifth grade choir concert. But, since that's not an option, I have to go with Tina Turner.

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    1. If I'd known about your daughter, I would have declared her the winner immediately.

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  15. I've always liked both versions, and as much as I like Tina, I have to vote for CCR on this one, even though as a kid I thought the lyrics said, "There's a baboon on the right," and I couldn't figure out how that fit with the rest of the song.

    Ike Turner was a class-a *!@*#$) and actually, the memory of watching a live performance of this song (on a documentary, maybe?) is what made me vote against it. He was off in the stage wings, shouting at her as she was trying to sing, telling her, basically, to mimic oral sex and "swallow that mic, bi***!" She looked anxious and scared to disobey, even while trying to keep the performance high-energy and smooth. I've never forgotten it.

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    1. Until I chose this video, I never noticed Ike stuttering when he sings. In the movie based on Tina's memoirs, at one point Tina and a friend make fun of Ike's stutter (when he's not around, of course).

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  16. CCR gets my vote. You picked some legends on this Battle.

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  17. Oh wow 2 greats and both did a Great job with this song but I always have to give it to CCR. They are the ones I have to always listen to first

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    1. I've always wondered about John Fogerty's pronunciation of "turnin'" and "burnin'"--to me it sounds as if he says toinin' and boinin'.

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  18. Little bit before my time but I'mma go with Tina Turner (and Ike) on this one. :-)

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    1. I didn't appreciate Tina at the time because I was so young that I thought she was weird. When I grew up, I realized what an amazing performer she is.

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  19. This was before our time too. Ike and Tina would definitely win for the performance, but just based on overall musical appeal and listenability, we'd much rather hear the CCR version. We vote for them.

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    1. All of you young people have to stop bragging about your youth. You make me feel elderly.

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  20. Tough one! I've always loved both versions of this song. CCR gets my vote by a hair.

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady! Nice to see you.

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  21. I always remember my mother commenting on tina turner' s moves in the 1980s
    " she looks as though the microphone has electrocuted her"
    Nice to pop in again its been too long x

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    1. I don't think electrocution was the problem. Everything she did was a result of Ike's fists.

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  22. The dude in Creedence needs a haircut. Tina's legs make me hot and bothered. Something went wrong with my speakers, and I can't hear them, but Tina gets my vote.

    Love ya, lady.

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    1. If you like Tina's legs, then you should see mine. You'd never want to look at a woman's legs again. HA! I made myself smile. Willy Dunne Wooters thought that the drummer was John Ford Coley's brother, Tom. I said no, that Tom Ford Coley played guitar. He said, But they look so much alike. I told him that all four of them look alike because they all have the same hair.

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