Ann Peebles

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Ann Peebles
Ann Peebles performing at the Beale Street Music Festival in 2007.jpg
Peebles performing at the Beale Street Music Festival in 2007.
Background information
Born (1947-04-27) April 27, 1947 (age 66)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Genres Blues, R&B, Memphis soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels Hi

Ann Peebles (born April 27, 1947) is an African American singer-songwriter who gained celebrity for her Memphis soul albums of the 1970s on the Hi Records label. Two of her most popular songs are "I Can't Stand the Rain" and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down", which she wrote with her husband, Don Bryant,[1] and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller[2] and were subsequently popularized in cover versions by, among others, Eruption (1978) and Paul Young (1984), respectively.


A native of St. Louis, Missouri,[3] Ann Peebles was given her first opportunity as a professional performer by Hi Records' Gene "Bowlegs" Miller during a 1968 trip to sit in singing with him at a Memphis nightclub. A popular local bandleader, Miller was known for helping other musicians, such as members of the Hi Rhythm Section, get their start in the Memphis music industry. Peebles soon began penning and singing hits for the label, co-writing with label staff songwriter Don Bryant, whom she married in 1974. She released a number of commercially successful and critically well received albums produced by Willie Mitchell on Hi Records throughout the 1970s, until the rise of disco music in the late 1970s took her music out of the limelight. Although Hi Records was sold in 1977, she reunited with Mitchell in 1989 to produce her comeback album, Call Me.

In 2006 she released the album Brand New Classics, which consisted of re-recordings of some of her songs in an acoustic style.

Peebles has been sampled by many hip hop artists, in particular RZA and the Wu-Tang Clan. Many mainstream artists have covered her songs - her track "I Can't Stand The Rain" was first covered by Patrice Banks of Graham Central Station on the 1975 release of Ain't No 'Bout A Doubt It album, and in addition to the hit Eruption cover version, it was also recorded by blues artist Albert King on his 1977 album The Pinch (reissued as The Blues Don't Change), and by Little Feat lead singer Lowell George on his 1979 solo album Thanks, I'll Eat It Here. The song has also been utilized as a sample by the hip hop duo Reflection Eternal (a collaborative group comprising conscious hip hop artist Talib Kweli, and producer Hi-Tek) for their song "Memories Live" on their debut album Train Of Thought. "I Can't Stand the Rain" was also recorded by Grammy Award-winning singer Tina Turner for her 1984 Private Dancer album and released as the sixth single from the album in early 1985. In 1997, Missy Elliott recorded "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)", an interpolation of "I Can't Stand the Rain", as the first single from her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly. In addition, "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" was sampled in the track "The Plan" by Wu-Tang Affiliated group Sunz of Man.

Peebles joined Cyndi Lauper on a recording of Rollin' and Tumblin' on Lauper's 11th studio album, Memphis Blues.



Year Title U.S. R&B Albums Chart
1969 This Is Ann Peebles -
1971 Part Time Love 40
1972 Straight From the Heart 42
1974 I Can't Stand the Rain 25
1975 Tellin' It 41
1977 If This Is Heaven -
1978 The Handwriting's on the Wall -
1989 Call Me -
1992 Full Time Love -
1995 Greatest Hits -
1996 Fill This World With Love -
1996 St. Louis Woman/Memphis Soul (3 cd set) -
2003 The Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records Volume 1: 1969-1973 -
2003 The Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records Volume 2: 1974-1981 -
2006 Brand New Classics -

Chart singles[edit]

Year Title U.S. R&B Chart U.S. Pop Chart
1969 "Walk Away" 22 -
1969 "Give Me Some Credit" 45 -
1970 "Part Time Love" 7 45
1971 "I Pity the Fool" 18 85
1971 "Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love" 42 -
1972 "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" 13 -
1972 "Somebody's On Your Case" 32 -
1973 "I Can't Stand the Rain" 6 38
1973 "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" 31 -
1974 "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On" 37 -
1974 "Do I Need You" 57 -
1975 "Beware" 69 -
1975 "Come to Mama" 62 -
1977 "Fill This World With Love" 96 -
1977 "If This Is Heaven" 64 -
1978 "I Didn't Take Your Man" 55 -
1978 "Old Man with Young Ideas" 54 -
1979 "If You Got the Time (I've Got the Love)" 95 -


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