If Al Green was the king of’70 Southern Soul, Ann Peebles was his queen. They both grew up in a religious environment. For Al Green that was an obstacle as his parents did not want him to play outrageous music. On the other side Ann was really lucky as her father, a director of a famous church chorus founded by the grandfather, introduced her in some Clubs in the native East St. Louis.
In one of this clubs she was noticed by a local celebrity, the blues man Oliver Sain (check here). Ann joined his group and one night in Memphis she impressed with her songs and singing Willie Mitchell of the legendary HI Records. After few weeks she was already recording in studio but she has had to wait one more year for gain success.
With her great vocal range and her solid gospel and blues background she brought great intensity in all her performances. She even built up a respectable reputation as a versatile author, together with Don Bryant, her life-long love.
Not all her albums are great. The Willie “Chez” Mitchell’s arrangements definitely works better with All Green than with Ann Peebles. That’s put Al Green one step forward for me. I suggest you to get How strong is a woman, her best greatest hits in my opinion.
I can’t stand the rain is an epic and at the same time minimalist Soul symphony. This song was called the greatest song ever by John Lennon. How many of you would love to have John Lennon say the same thing about one of your productions? It’s a rhetoric question of course.
After 25 years Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot has obtained a planetary success sampling the so-called greatest song ever. It was easy Missy, wasn’t it? The song was of course produced by Timbaland. (More timbo productions here and here)
LISTEN TO ANN PEEBLES – I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN
And check this video, AMAZING
and what about this live……….