I Can't Stand the Rain (song)

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"I Can't Stand the Rain"
Single by Ann Peebles
from the album I Can't Stand the Rain
Released 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Soul, Memphis soul
Length 2:31
Label Hi Records
Writer(s) Ann Peebles, Don Bryant & Bernard "Bernie" Miller
Producer(s) Willie Mitchell
Ann Peebles singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"
"I Can't Stand the Rain"
"(You Keep Me) Hanging On"
"I Can't Stand the Rain"
Single by Eruption
from the album Eruption
B-side "Be Yourself"
Released January 23, 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 3:12
Label Hansa Records
Writer(s) Ann Peebles, Don Bryant & Bernard "Bernie" Miller
Producer(s) Frank Farian, Rainer M. Ehrhardt
Eruption singles chronology
"I Can't Stand the Rain"
"Leave a Light"

"I Can't Stand the Rain" is a song originally recorded by Ann Peebles in 1973, and written by Peebles, Don Bryant, and Bernard "Bernie" Miller. Other hit versions were later recorded by Eruption and Tina Turner.

Ann Peebles version[edit]

The song was written by Peebles, her partner (and later husband) Don Bryant, and DJ Bernard "Bernie" Miller in 1973:

One evening in Memphis in 1973, soul singer Ann Peebles was meeting friends, including her partner, Hi Records staff writer Don Bryant, to go to a concert. Just as they were about to set off, the heavens opened and Peebles snapped: "I can't stand the rain." As a professional songwriter in constant need of new material, Bryant was used to plucking resonant phrases out of the air and he liked the idea of reacting against recent R&B hits that celebrated bad weather, such as the Dramatics' "In the Rain" and Love Unlimited's "Walking in the Rain (With the One I Love)". So he sat down at the piano and started riffing on the theme, weaving in ideas from Peebles and local DJ Bernie Miller. The song was finished that night and presented the next morning to Hi's studio maestro, Willie Mitchell, who used a brand new gadget, the electric timbale, to create the song's distinctive raindrop riff. It really was that easy. "We didn't go to the concert," Bryant remembers. "We forgot about the concert."[1]

Ann Peebles said: "At first, we had the timbales all the way through the song but as we played the tape, Willie Mitchell said 'what about if the timbales were in front before anything else comes in?'. So we did that and when we listened back I said 'I love it, let's do that'."[2]

Produced by Willie Mitchell, the song became Peebles' biggest hit when, in 1973, it reached #38 on the US Pop Chart and #6 on the R&B/Black Chart; it also reached #41 on the UK singles chart in April 1974. The organ is played by Charles Hodges.[3] It was one of John Lennon's favorite songs and in a Billboard magazine article he commented, "It's the best song ever." Ian Dury chose this song as one of his eight songs when he appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.[4]

Eruption version[edit]

In 1978 Eruption released a disco-oriented remake, which peaked at number six on the disco chart[5] and became the group's biggest hit (number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100).

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Can't Stand the Rain" – 3:12
  2. "Be Yourself" – 3:43


Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 30
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6
Canadian Singles Chart 21
UK Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 7
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 8[6]
Dutch Top 40 4
Belgian Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 5
Italian Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 22
Finish Singles Chart 15
New Zealand Singles Chart 4
Australian Singles Chart 1
South African Singles Chart 5

Tina Turner's version[edit]

"I Can't Stand the Rain"
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side "Let's Pretend We're Married" (live)
Released March 1, 1985
Format 7" single
12" single
Recorded 1984
Length 3:41
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Ann Peebles, Don Bryant & Bernard "Bernie" Miller
Producer(s) Terry Britten
Tina Turner singles chronology
"Private Dancer"
"I Can't Stand the Rain"
"Show Some Respect"

In 1984 Tina Turner recorded "I Can't Stand the Rain" for her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, and released it as a single in early 1985. It followed the album's title track, which was an American top ten hit. Turner's version would find minor success in the US and UK, but would be a success in Germany and France.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Can't Stand the Rain" – 3:40
  2. "Let's Pretend We're Married" – 4:22
12" single
  1. "I Can't Stand the Rain" (extended version) – 5:43
  2. "Let's Pretend We're Married" (live version) – 4:22
  3. "Nutbush City Limits" (live version) – 2:56

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
UK Singles Chart 57
Irish Singles Chart 20
German Singles Chart 9
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 15[7]
French Singles Chart 2

Other versions[edit]

The song has been frequently covered since its 1973 release.


  1. ^ Dorian Lynskey, "Ann Peebles: the girl with the big voice", The Guardian, 20 February 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014
  2. ^ Miss FunkyFlyy, "Ann Peebles". Retrieved 30 June 2014
  3. ^ RDTEN1 (27 June 2010). "I Can't Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles". http://rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Ian Dury". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 91. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eruption feat. Precious Wilson - I Can't Stand The Rain". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Tina Turner - I Can't Stand The Rain". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  8. ^ Milward, John (1997-08-01), "Cassandra Wilson: Blue Light 'Til Dawn", Rolling Stone, retrieved 2010-01-03 
  9. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Blue Light 'Til Dawn > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  10. ^ Leggett, Steve (2008-11-04). "Soul and Blues - Willie Clayton : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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