The 66-year-old leading Mexican singer-songwriter, who won the Top Latin Album honor for his Latin chart-topping duets set Los Dúo at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, penned his own Spanish version of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” titled “Gracias al Sol.”
The sunnier take on the John Fogerty song that foreshadowed the 1972 break up of CCR will be included on the bilingual album Quiero Creedence, a Latin tribute to the Bay Area hitmakers, set for release by Concord Picante on July 29.
Listen to Gabriel’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain (Gracias al Sol)” now, exclusively on Billboard.com.
“It’s my favorite CCR song, and I didn’t mess with it—just added a couple small mariachi guitars, vihuelas, to give it a little funky feeling,” Gabriel’s producer, Gustavo Farias, says of the recording. “There are a couple nice violin lines, too, so there’s a little of Juan Gabriel’s personality and the essence of Creedence.”
Gabriel is known for his diverse repertoire but is most revered for his love songs, delivered with high drama. On his version of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” the Mexican icon rocks it out with vintage groove.
Other artists on the CCR tribute include L.A. band Ozomatli, who recorded “Bad Moon Rising”; Mexican alternative band Enjambre take the timeless hymn “Who’ll Stop the Rain”; Texan Chicano rock siblings Los Lonely Boys play “Born on the Bayou”; Mexican rock legends El Tri perform “Proud Mary”; Salvador Santana is joined by Juanes and Ozomatli’s Asdru Sierra on “Molina”; ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, who recently released his own Latin-tinged album, joins La Santa Cecilia’s La Marisoul on “Green River”; and Los Lobos also appear with the song “Bootleg.” Spanish rocker Bunbury sings a Spanish version of “Run Through the Jungle.”
CCR’s catalogue, recorded on Fantasy Records, was acquired by Concord in 2004.