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Ann Peebles (b. 1947) is a U.S. singer and songwriter, best known for her popular Memphis soul albums of the 1970s on the Hi Records label. Two of her better known songs are “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” and “I Can’t Stand the Rain”.

Born on 27th April 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Peebles 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. A popular local bandleader, Miller was known for also helping other musicians, such as members of the Hi Rhythm Section, get their starts in the Memphis music industry. Peebles soon began writing and singing hits for the label, cowriting with label staff songwriter Don Bryant, whom she married in 1974. Peebles 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 in the late 1970s took her music out of the limelight. Hi Records was sold in 1977, but Peebles reunited with Willie Mitchell in 1989 to produce her comeback album, Call Me.


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    LOVES-DESIRE I'd heard of Ann Peebles, but did not listen to her Music, to me she sounded like Mavis Staples and I like Mavis Staples ...... BJBooth it's sad that she said in her autobiography that the Great Singer and Performer Tina Turner stole her act ...... Miss Turner, was already performing in the late 50's with Ike ...... Ann Peebles was not. Millie Jackson and Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner were better and more powerful singers than Ann Peebles - Mavis Staples does sing on Ann's recordings, I am listening to her now ...... Those 3 Ladies' Music is more descriptive in sound and style ...... Fans copying her work, that is what fans do, sometimes Fans are better than the actual Artists ..... In all forms of Art, the Artist is copied by their Fans - that is a compliment - in fact the best of compliment ..... Ann Peebles has made her mark on Music, maybe not as big as Tina, Millie, Aretha, and others - but she's mentioned ......

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • _duif

    I think he meant 'in a row'.

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    "over 6 hours, simultaneously"? So it was over in a split second?

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    Here's a great story about Ann Peebles: back in'74 I believe it was, John Lennon walked into a local radio station with Ann Peebles tapes in hand, and took over the DJ controls. He then proceeded to play over 6 hours, simultaneously, of Ann's music and challenged the listening audience to do something about the lack of her popularity. She began to rise on the 'white' charts because of John's visit. Ann was forever in John's debit. Many people turned onto the Memphis sound, myself being one of them, expanding the popularity. By the way< Ann stated in her autobiography that she is still bitter that tina turner stole her act and fans copying her style.

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • WhiteDirty

    how the flipping poop is 99 pounds not in the top 15? [2]

    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • veludinho

    i love her voice ♥

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    'I Can't Stand the Rain' is a treasure of bitter-sweet soul, I love it.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ilovesuburbia

    just enough to keeeep me hanging onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • mister_tussin

    i wish she had recorded with curtis

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Love that Memphis soul. "Playhouse" is a killer track.

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • LuanaPacheco

    Blues Brother Soul Sister... The best!

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • noiresque

    What a talent!

    4 May 2011 Reply
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    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Peep_this

    her voice !!!

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • floydalbert

    Great songs by Ann Peebles

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • emilyx72

    "ho Superbe video merci ;=)

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • vjd918

    If everyone who's heard covers of her songs bought her versions, she'd be as rich as Oprah!

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • barbenna

    che voce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • edanielsen

    Just bought two albums from the iTunes store and sure don't regret it!

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Carlana

    love her

    27 May 2010 Reply
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