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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Proud Mary" Meets Beethoven

Things I--and probably no one--really knew:  In new interview, John Fogerty reveals that the classic, all-important, opening riff of "Proud Mary" was based on...opening of Beethoven's Fifth.  He didn't like Ludwig's emphasis (bum-bum-bum-BUM) and changed it to "BUM-bum-bum-bum."  Will have to add that to next edition of my Beethoven book.

1 comment:

Laurence Glavin said...

Beethoven employed a TUM-ta-da-dum/TUM-ta-da-dum meter in his SEVENTH SYMPHONY.