I'm a huge Ike and Tina fan.
I saddens me that this is the "signature" song which will always come to peoples minds when they are thought of.
Almost half of their albums are covers, half of those halves are probably better than the original.
A long time ago I was a student of jazz saxophone. One of my teachers was generally regarded as the 2nd best saxophonist in Detroit. He arranged for and played in one of the highest priced wedding bands in the city. One time I head him mutter under his breath "If I ever gotta play one more chorus of Proud Fucking Mary." I'll never forget it, don't know why it's always seemed so funny to me. He was jammin out to Proud Mary a few times a month.
Anyway... If you haven't listened to much Ike and Tina, do yourself a favor and pick up any album, it will probably be fantastic. Working Together is my favorite album, sadly Proud Marry is also on it, which means I've played Proud Mary for myself at least 100 times.
Ike Turner, as an artist, is underappreciated. He secured his seat in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1951, when Tina was twelve years old with Rocket 88, the best selling rock single up to that date. He was an amazing guitar player influencing luminaries like Jimi Hendrix as well as being a masterful arranger and producer. Outside of the his art he seems to have been a dark, mean and troubled man.
Ike and Tina have to be one of the greatest male female producer and singer partners of all time. They are up there with Gram and Emmylou, Nancy and Lee, Tammy and George for me. Might be a good music post, greatest duet, producer singer partners of all time.