Peebles performing at the Beale Street Music Festival in 2007.
April 27, 1947 |
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Genres||Blues, R&B, Memphis soul|
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, and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller and were subsequently popularized in cover versions by, among others, Eruption (1978) and Paul Young (1984), respectively.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, 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.
|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|
|1977||If This Is Heaven||-|
|1978||The Handwriting's on the Wall||-|
|1992||Full Time Love||-|
|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||-|
|Year||Title||U.S. R&B Chart||U.S. Pop Chart|
|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||"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||-|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ann Peebles.|
- Dahl, Bill (18 October 1996). "Singing up a storm: Ann Peebles is still known as the artist who couldn't stand the rain". Chicago Tribune.
- Allmusic biography
- Sculley, Alan (26 June 1997). "ST, LOUIS NATIVE ANN PEEBLES, A HITMAKER IN THE 70S, RETURNS HOME WITH A NEW ALBUM AND A NEW ATTITUDE". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.