Funkiest Jam: Creedence Clearwater Revival "Proud Mary"
John Fogerty started out with his brother's band, Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets, in the late '50s. The group—soon renamed The Golliwogs—gained little traction. After Fogerty narrowly avoided the draft by joining the Army Reserves in 1966, the singer/songwriter's career began anew, with the rechristened Creedence Clearwater Revival. And suddenly, they were stars.
Their style is often called "Swamp Rock," which is about the funkiest possible name a subgenre ever had. It started with Fogerty's composition "Susie Q," a single that peaked at No. 7 on the R&B charts and No. 27 on the Hot 100. As lead singer and primary songwriter, Fogerty was the band's focal point, although this caused some internal tension. But if you want true evidence of Fogerty's inherent funkiness, consider this: he wrote "Proud Mary," which became one of the '60s biggest anthems, receiving a definitive version via Ike and Tina Turner.