Song of the Week: “Proud Mary” by Credence Clearwater Revival
My grandfather fired up a Winston and informed me that he had no use for rock-n-roll music. “I like Engelbert Humperdink,” he said, “or outlaw country—Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings—but not the rock-n-rollers.” Always a man to say exactly what he thought, and not one terribly interested in alternative viewpoints or bothered by contradictions, my grandfather had driven a behemoth of a motorhome—harbinger of satellite dishes and unusable tractors to come—to the North Carolina coast. “A fella in Kill Devil Hills told me I might like ‘Proud Mary’,” he continued, rummaging around the cluttered console. “I told him I didn’t like the version by Ike and Tina.” He held up a cassette: CCR’s Greatest Hits. We listened to “Proud Mary.” “Matt, now that’s a good song,” he said, adjusting his captain’s hat. We headed out to the pier.
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