CCR - Proud Mary - 1969


CCR's "Proud Mary" (1969) Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), a prominent American rock band, released "Proud Mary" in 1969. This song became one of their most celebrated hits, epitomizing the swamp rock genre.


"Proud Mary" was written by John Fogerty, the lead vocalist of CCR. The song describes a journey on a riverboat, a common theme in Southern United States folklore. The riverboat "Proud Mary" is a metaphor for big dreams and the pursuit of a better life.

Composition and Style

The song features a distinctive rock and roll rhythm, combined with elements of gospel and soul music. This fusion of styles contributes to its timeless appeal.

Reception and Legacy

"Proud Mary" received widespread acclaim and has been covered by numerous artists, including the legendary Ike & Tina Turner. The song's success helped cement CCR's status as a major influence in rock music.

For further information, check out the comprehensive article on CCR and "Proud Mary" on Wikipedia.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Proud Mary" released? (1969) (!1972) (!1967) (!1970)

Which genre best describes "Proud Mary"? (Rock) (!Blues) (!Country) (!Jazz)

What is the main theme of "Proud Mary"? (A journey on a riverboat) (!A road trip across America) (!Love and heartbreak) (!Life in a small town)

Who wrote "Proud Mary"? (John Fogerty) (!Tom Fogerty) (!Elvis Presley) (!Bob Dylan)

Which legendary duo famously covered "Proud Mary"? (Ike & Tina Turner) (!Sonny & Cher) (!Simon & Garfunkel) (!The Righteous Brothers)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is the full name of CCR, the band that released "Proud Mary"? (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (!California Country Rockers) (!Classic Creedence Rock) (!Clearwater Country Revival)

In which country was CCR formed? (United States) (!United Kingdom) (!Australia) (!Canada)

Who was the lead vocalist of CCR? (John Fogerty) (!Tom Fogerty) (!Stu Cook) (!Doug Clifford)

Which instrument was primarily used by John Fogerty in CCR? (Guitar) (!Drums) (!Bass) (!Keyboard)

What style of music is CCR primarily known for? (Swamp rock) (!Psychedelic rock) (!Heavy metal) (!Pop rock)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the name of the riverboat mentioned in "Proud Mary"? (Proud Mary) (!Sweet Caroline) (!Rolling Thunder) (!Mississippi Queen)

Which phrase is repeatedly used in the chorus of "Proud Mary"? (Rollin' on the river) (!Dancing in the moonlight) (!Sailing through the storm) (!Walking by the shore)

How does the song describe the jobs on the riverboat? (Working for the man every night and day) (!Dreaming of a better life every way) (!Sailing across the world so wide) (!Living on the edge of time)

What does the song say the narrator left behind in the city? (A good job) (!A loving family) (!A small home) (!A past love)

What mode of transportation is prominently featured in "Proud Mary"? (Riverboat) (!Train) (!Car) (!Airplane)


John Fogerty Lead Vocalist and Songwriter
1969 Year of Release
Riverboat Main Symbol in Song
Ike & Tina Turner Famous Cover
Swamp Rock Genre of "Proud Mary"

Open Tasks


  1. Research the History of Riverboats: Explore the history of riverboats in America and how they influenced culture and music.
  2. Draw a Riverboat: Draw or paint your interpretation of the "Proud Mary" riverboat.
  3. Explore Other Songs by CCR: Listen to other songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival and identify common themes and styles.


  1. Write Your Own Lyrics: Write a verse for a song inspired by "Proud Mary," focusing on travel and adventure.
  2. Compare Cover Versions: Compare the CCR version of "Proud Mary" with Ike & Tina Turner's cover. Discuss the differences in style and interpretation.
  3. Create a Dance Routine: Choreograph a dance routine that fits the rhythm and spirit of "Proud Mary."


  1. Analyze the Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of "Proud Mary" and discuss the themes of aspiration and change.
  2. Create a Documentary: Create a short documentary on the impact of "Proud Mary" in music history.
  3. Interview Project: Conduct interviews with people who have memories or stories related to "Proud Mary" or CCR.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Influence of Southern Culture: How does "Proud Mary" reflect Southern United States culture and folklore?
  2. Analyze the Impact of CCR: Discuss the impact of Creedence Clearwater Revival on rock music and culture.
  3. Compare and Contrast Genres: Compare the genres of swamp rock and gospel as they appear in "Proud Mary."
  4. Explore Songwriting Techniques: Analyze John Fogerty's songwriting techniques in "Proud Mary."
  5. Discuss the Role of Music in Social Movements: How can songs like "Proud Mary" influence social movements and cultural shifts?

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