‘Proud Mary’ Songwriter Doesn’t Want His Song Played For Taraji P. Henson’s Film

The guy behind one of the coolest songs ever, “Proud Mary,” also made more famous by Ike and Tina Turner, is come out against having the song be played in Taraji P. Henson’s movie of the same name.

“It irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain,” songwriter John Fogerty tweeted. “Over the years, I have often found myself directly opposed to these uses. This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it.”

Written by Fogerty and originally performed by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Proud Mary” peaked at No. 2 on the 1969 Billboard charts.

“No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about the meaning of ‘Proud Mary,’” Fogerty continued. “The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read… ‘killing for the Man every night and day.’ I wrote the song about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river, in a mythical time… It was obviously a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life. Far from a story about killing people for money.”

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