I Can't Stand the Rain (song)

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"I Can't Stand the Rain"
I Can't Stand the Rain Ann Pebbles.jpg
Single by Ann Peebles
from the album I Can't Stand the Rain
Format7" single
GenreSoul, Memphis soul
LabelHi Records
Songwriter(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"
I Can't Stand the Rain Eruption.jpg
Single by Eruption
from the album Eruption
B-side"Be Yourself"
ReleasedJanuary 23, 1978
Format7" single
LabelHansa Records
Songwriter(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 "Walkin' 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 made this song one of his choices when he was the guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in December 1996.[4]

Eruption version[edit]

In 1978, Eruption released a disco-oriented remake and became the group's biggest hit. It reached the top 10 in many European charts, hitting the number 1 in Belgium for 2 weeks in March 1978. It was also a number 1 hit in Australia and reached the top 10 in New Zealand and South Africa. In the U.S., it peaked at number six on the disco chart[5] and reached 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[7]
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 version[edit]

"I Can't Stand the Rain"
Tina Turner - I Can't Stand The Rain (UK).jpg
Single by Tina Turner
from the album Private Dancer
B-side"Let's Pretend We're Married" (live)
ReleasedMarch 1, 1985
Format7" single
12" single
Songwriter(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 in Europe. Turner's version would find minor success in the UK, but would be a success in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Can't Stand the Rain" – 3:40
  2. "Let's Pretend We're Married" (live version) – 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]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 57

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 30


Other versions[edit]


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  2. ^ Miss FunkyFlyy, "Ann Peebles". Retrieved 30 June 2014
  3. ^ "I Can't Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles". Rateyourmusic.com. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Desert Island Discs, Ian Dury". BBC. 15 December 1996. 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. ^ "Eruption feat. Precious Wilson - I Can't Stand The Rain".
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Tina Turner – I Can't Stand the Rain" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Tina Turner - Top Titel" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Cant Stand the Rain". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tina Turner – I Can't Stand the Rain". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Tina Turner: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 1985" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  14. ^ Milward, John (1997-08-01), "Cassandra Wilson: Blue Light 'Til Dawn", Rolling Stone, retrieved 2010-01-03
  15. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Blue Light 'Til Dawn > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  16. ^ Leggett, Steve (2008-11-04). "Soul and Blues - Willie Clayton : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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