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Ann Peebles

A diminutive singer with a powerful voice and an even stronger attitude, Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell's legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records, along with Al Green and, later, O.V. Wright. Easily the best female singer in the Hi stable, Peebles ranked among the finest deep Southern soul singers of the decade, notching an instant classic with her 1973 hit "I Can't Stand the Rain." She co-wrote a generous share of her own material with husband Don Bryant, and while she cut plenty of love and heartbreak tunes, her persona was built on the grit and resilient strength she displayed on songs like "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down." Peebles wasn't always as appreciated on the charts as her work often merited, especially among pop listeners, but her best recordings hold up among the best of their era.

Peebles was born April 27, 1947, in East St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was a minister and her mother a singer, and naturally Peebles began singing at a young age in her father's church choir. She also sang with the family group, the Peebles Choir, which had been touring the gospel circuit since Peebles' grandfather founded it a generation earlier. As a teenager, she sang secular music on the St. Louis club circuit, supported and accompanied by her father. There she met blues bandleader Oliver Sain, a local legend, and eventually joined his revue. Peebles caught her big break in 1968 on a trip to Memphis, where she asked to sit in on a club set by trumpeter Gene "Bowlegs" Miller. Miller was already signed to Hi Records at the time, and duly impressed with Peebles' voice, he brought her to Hi house producer Willie Mitchell for a tryout. Mitchell, who was still in the process of shifting the label from country to R&B (and had not yet discovered Al Green), immediately offered Peebles a contract; she was still shy of her 21st birthday.

Mitchell teamed Peebles with singer and house songwriter Don Bryant, seeking a bit more seasoning in her R&B phrasing. Peebles and Bryant soon began writing together (and would also end up dating). In the meantime, Peebles recorded her debut single, "Walk Away," a song written by Sain that just missed the Top 20 on the R&B chart in 1969. The follow-up, "Give Me Some Credit," was also a minor hit. Both songs were featured on the singer's debut album, This Is Ann Peebles. Her fourth single, 1970's "Part Time Love," was her first R&B Top Ten. 1972's Straight from the Heart was her first artistically realized LP, however; it featured several minor R&B hits in "I Pity the Fool," "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love," "I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home" (later covered by Bette Midler), and "Somebody's on Your Case," plus the signature album track "99 Lbs." Her hot streak continued with 1973's I Can't Stand the Rain, which many critics still regard as her finest work. "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" was a decent-sized hit, and the brilliant title cut -- written by Peebles, Bryant, and disc jockey Bernard Miller -- became her biggest hit, peaking at number six R&B and famously becoming a favorite of John Lennon. She also charted with "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On" and "Do I Need You," but more importantly, married Bryant in 1974.

In the wake of "I Can't Stand the Rain," Peebles was a star on the soul circuit, even if she never duplicated its commercial success. "Beware," "Come to Mama," and "Dr. Love Power" were all charting singles from 1975's Tellin' It, but the rise of disco and the sale of Hi Records in 1977 would conspire against Peebles' career momentum. 1977's If This Is Heaven produced only one single in the title cut, which was more polished than Peebles' usual fare; none of the singles from 1979's The Handwriting Is on the Wall cracked the R&B Top 50. With Mitchell and most of the Hi house band gone, Peebles took a hiatus from the music business to concentrate on her family.

Peebles reunited with Mitchell in 1989 for Call Me, an album released on Mitchell's short-lived new label, Waylo; however, longtime fans generally found it a disappointing comeback overpowered by sterile electronic instrumentation. Peebles returned to a more organic approach by signing with roots label Rounder's Bullseye Blues subsidiary for 1992's Full Time Love. Another effort, Fill This World with Love, followed in 1996, which featured guest spots from Mavis Staples and Shirley Brown. During the '90s, Peebles guested on several albums by Maria Muldaur. Meanwhile, "I Can't Stand the Rain" was covered by numerous artists, including Tina Turner, and revived by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott via sampling on her 1997 smash "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)." ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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jtny786
Ann Peebles I Can't Stand the Rain, a perfect song, peerless.
Super-Star Soul-Sissta Ann Peebles
H-Town Up Mo-City down~5m14y
Ann Peebles has ALWAYS been so far above the average singers that are better known....... i t ' s a durn SHAME!!! I loved her back in the day, I love her now, & I will love her 4EVER!!! Thank u, dear Poppa Willie, 4 making her known 2 us!!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
My first time hearing Ann Peebles and the first thing I though of Missy Elliot... I can't stand the rain!!
Tell about it ha ha.
rod_harris60
I love love love this womans soooouuulllf u l music. Cant believe she wast more known
didn't Ann Peebles do can't stand the rain against my window in the 70's ?

alathan2020
Now I know where Missy Elliot got that beat and lyrics from...Never knew of Ann Peebles till now, thanks Pandora.
when she sings i feel it all the way down in my soul!! DAMN
Thanks to pandora for introducing me to Ann Peebles, she is a great singer!
fantastic artist,just do'nt hear anymore of her music
really missing her.. Feel like breaking up somebody's
home...
Okay just found out who this Lady was and man have I missed out! Loving her music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1
Wow, just discovered Ann Peebles, where the hell have I been?
JUST LOVE HER PERSONA, MUSIC SMOOTH,SOULF U L REMEMBERING MY MTR LISTENING TO HER
Awesome voice!
funnyvalenti n e s 2
She reminds me of Tina Turner.
fantastic artist,just gets to your heart.
so many tyrics that one can easily relate
to could it be possible to hear more...
awesome!
I love this artist and I would like to hearr her song " I can't stand the rain"
Just not enough credit...lov e her sultry, soulful, heartfelt voice. And who doesn't like, "I can't stand the rain?"
gmire

what a sound heart warming and soulful could listen to her sounds all day.
mamahas4boys
i like her sound
chakaholmes2 6
EMACULATE WOMAN!!!!

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