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Ann Peebles

Ann Peebles, who after Al Green was the biggest star in the Hi Records firmament, had a voice with a bite. Yet this awesome soulstress never forgot to couple that bite with sultry sophistication, always riding lean Memphis charts with class and never overpowering her backings. Sure Peebles sounded sexy, but her '70s recordings brought deep emotions to the surface for listeners to share. Peebles deserved bigger sales than she achieved, but she had many minor R&B hits during the Pet Rock and Ungame decade, the best of which may well be "I Can't Stand the Rain." Much of her best work is blessedly available in this digital age, and her recent recordings are well worth hearing.

Ann Peebles Concert Films

  • I Can't Stand the Rain

    Ann Peebles

    Year: 1998

    Runtime: 46 min

    This performance was recorded at Belgium's renowned Lokerse Feesten in 1996. As well as the classic 'I Can't Stand The Rain', the concert includes an awesome version of the autobiographical 'St. Louis Woman (With A Memphis Melody)'. She is best known for her inspirational recording of 'I Can't Stand The Rain', a 1974 classic which no less an icon than John Lennon described as "the greatest single ever." That clearly puts Ann Peebles right up there with soul divas like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and while the amount of her recorded work doesn't match up to theirs, it's hardly quantity that we're counting. This is all about quality and Ann Peebles has that aplenty.

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