Ann Peebles, “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Makes St. Louis Native Shine

July 14, 2008

Ann PeeblesAnn Peebles was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and she was discovered as a talent by Gene “Bowlegs” Miller of Hi Records during a 1968 trip to sit in singing with him at a Memphis, Tennessee, nightclub.

Peebles released many successful albums that were well received by the critics produced by Willie Mitchell on Hi Records in the 1970’s.  Her music was drowned out by the crashing waves of the disco fad in the late 1970s.

Hi Records was eventually sold but Peebles hooked up with Willie Mitchell in 1989 for her comeback album called “Call Me.”

Her most recognizable song is titled:  “I Can’t Stand the Rain”  Ann Peebles unique voice shines through on this song.

In 2006 she released the album Brand New Classics which consists of re-recordings of some of her songs in an acoustic style.  Ann Peebles has been sampled by many Hip Hop artists, such as Missy Misdemeanor Elliot, Wu Tang Clan and RZA.  In 1997, artist Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott recorded an interpolation of “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” entitled The Rain (Supa Dupa FLy),  as the first single from her debut album Supa Dupa Fly. The single reached the top ten in the US and UK, peaking at number 3 in U.S. Billboard Hot Single Sales.


Want the original Ann Peebles album? There are a few left on Amazon.

Ann Peebles on YouTube

Want to check out Missy Elliott’s rendition?

Missy Elliott “The Rain”

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