John Fogerty, the famous leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), was drafted into the Army in 1966.
“I’d been trying to get out of the Army,” he recalled “and on the steps of my apartment house sat a diploma-sized letter from the government. It sat there for a couple of days, right next to my door. One day, I saw the envelope and bent down to look at it, noticing it said ‘John Fogerty.’ I went into the house, opened the thing up, and saw that it was my honorable discharge from the Army. I was finally out!
“This was 1968… I went into my house, picked up my guitar and started strumming. ‘Left a good job in the city’ and then several good lines came out of me immediately. I had the chord changes, the minor chord where it says, ‘Big wheel keep on turnin’/Proud Mary keep on burnin.’ By the time I hit ‘Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river,’ I knew I had written my best song. It vibrated inside me. When we rehearsed it, I felt like Cole Porter.”
Around that time the husband-wife team of Ike and Tina Turner Revue was touring as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. In 1971 they released an album with a slow-to-fast remake of the CCR’s “Proud Mary” that reached #4 in America and won the couple their first Grammy.
In 1996 Tina Turner said, “I didn’t like it, but I got to be known as a sex symbol. The short dresses and being wild onstage had a lot to contribute to that sexiness. But it wasn’t me so much trying to be a Madonna or what Sharon Stone is doing. It was just work, you know.”
Tina Turner revealed in the 70’s that Ike was physically abusive. Turner literally fled from her husband in 1976, running for her life with only a Mobil card and 36 cents. Ike and Tina were on tour in Dallas, staying at the Statler Hotel.
“I just took a chance, I said, ‘The way out is through the door’ and while he was on one of his sleeping times, I just left the hotel, went out the kitchen way and down to the freeway.”
In 1978, they were officially divorced, with Tina pointing to Ike’s abuse, infidelities, and drug and alcohol use.
Ike always denied the allegations. He spent 18 months in prison for cocaine possession from 1990 to 1991. On December 12, 2007, Ike Turner died of a cocaine overdose in his San Marcos, California, home.
This past Sunday Tina Turner turned 78. Tina last toured in 2009. She now lives in Switzerland with her husband Erwin Bach and has emerged from retirement to promote a new musical based on her life that will premiere next April.