Ann Lee Peebles

b. April 27th, 1947 in Kinloch (Missouri)

THIS IS ANN PEEBLES

Hi

Solid

1969

Septième de onze enfants (elle a 4 frères et 6 soeurs), elle nait à Kinloch dans la banlieue de Saint Louis. Elle chante dans la chorale Gospel de l'église et dans la formation familiale The Peebles Choir. Influencée par Tina Turner, Millie Jackson et par son père, Ann intègre une revue dirigée par Oliver Sain au milieu des années 60. Remarquée par Gene "Bowlegs" Miller en 1968 à Memphis, elle signe un contrat d'enregistrement avec le label Hi de Willie Mitchell. Son premier simple "Walk away" est composé par Oliver Sain. Elle grave son premier album à 22 ans, sa voix claire et sensible fait merveille. Accompagnée de remarquables musiciens (une section rythmique solide notamment) et de la production experte de Gene "Bowlegs" Miller ou de Willie Mitchell, ce premier opus rassemble de belles réussites comme "Crazy about you baby", "Make me yours" mais surtout le superbe "It's your thing", un des meilleurs morceaux de la sélection.

Seventh of eleven children (she has four brothers and six sisters), she is born in Kinloch in the suburbs of Saint Louis. She sings in the church's Gospel choir and the Peebles Choir, a family formation. Influenced by Tina Turner, Millie Jackson and her father, Ann joined a revue directed by Oliver Sain in the mid-1960's. Spotted by Gene "Bowlegs" Miller in 1968 in Memphis, she signed a recording contract with the Willie Mitchell's Hi label. Her first single "Walk away" is composed by Oliver Sain. She cuts her first album at 22, her clear and sensitive voice makes wonder. Accompanied by remarkable musicians (a solid rhythm section in particular) and the expert production of Gene "Bowlegs" Miller or Willie Mitchell, this first opus brings together great achievements like "Crazy about you baby", "Make me yours" but especially the beautiful "It's your thing", one of the best tracks of the selection.

PART TIME LOVE

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London

Fat Possum

1969

Sa version du "Part time love" de Little Johnny Taylor est excitante et remarquable, bien supportée un groupe très homogène. D'ailleurs, ce titre obtient un succès notable qui permet Ann d'attirer l'attention du public. Mais on trouve aussi ici d'autres pistes excellentes dans la tradition Southern Soul : "I'll get along", "I still love you", "Generation gap between us", "Solid foundation". Il faut aussi signaler qu'il y a plusieurs titres en commun avec le premier album.

Her version of Little Johnny Taylor's "Part time love" is exciting and remarkable, well supported by a very homogeneous backing band. Moreover, this title gets a notable success that allows Ann to attract the attention of the public. But there are also other excellent tracks in the Southern Soul tradition : "I'll get along", "I still love you", "Generation gap between us", "Solid foundation". It should also be noted that there are several tracks in common with the first album.

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

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London

Fat Possum

1970 - 1972

Pour ce superbe album, Ann bénéficie toujours du remarquable support d'un groupe somptueux : Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Leroy Hodges, Howard Grimes, Charles Hodges et les Memphis Horns. La production de Willie Mitchell confère une densité et un dynamisme fulgurants à la musique. Son chant passionné et terriblement expressif fait merveille ici. Sommet de la Southern Soul, ce disque regorge de perles comme "Slipped tripped and fell in love", "How strong is a woman", "Trouble heartaches and sadness", "99 pounds". Ses reprises de "Breaking up somebody's home" et "I pity the fool" méritent également l'écoute. Un seul regret : cet album est trop court (26 minutes seulement).

For this superb album, Ann still benefits from the remarkable support of a sumptuous backing band : Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, Leroy Hodges, Howard Grimes, Charles Hodges and the Memphis Horns. Willie Mitchell's production brings a dazzling density and dynamism to the music. Her passionate and terribly expressive singing is a marvel here. At the top of Southern Soul, this album is full of pearls like "Slipped tripped and fell in love", "How strong is a woman", "Trouble heartaches and sadness", "99 pounds". Her covers of "Breaking up somebody's home" and "I pity the fool" are also worth listening to. One regret : this album is too short (26 minutes only).

I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN

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London

Motown

Fat Possum

1972 - 1974

Fidèle au label Hi, Ann entre une nouvelle fois aux Royal Studios de Memphis avec ses musiciens et producteurs habituels. Son fameux hit "I can't stand the rain" fréquemment repris est effectivement un titre magnifique. Composé par Ann avec Don Bryant et le D.J. Bernard Miller, il demeure aujourd'hui son morceau le plus célèbre. D'ailleurs, la plupart des titres sont composés par le trio Don Bryant (qu'elle épouse en 1974), Bernard Miller, Ann Peebles. On retient également la magnifique ballade "Until you came into my life" mais aussi "Run run run", "If we can't trust each other" (composé par Earl Randle), "You got to feed the fire".

Faithful to the Hi label, Ann once again enters the Memphis' Royal Studios with her usual musicians and producers. Her famous hit "I can't stand the rain" frequently covered is indeed a magnificent title. Composed by Ann with Don Bryant and D.J. Bernard Miller, he remains today her most famous track. By the way, most titles are composed by the trio Don Bryant (whom she marries in 1974), Bernard Miller, Ann Peebles. We also remember the beautiful ballad "Until you came into my life" but also "Run run run", "If we can't trust each other" (composed by Earl Randle), "You got to feed the fire".

TELLIN' IT

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London

Fat Possum

1975

Ce disque est rempli de nombreuses belles compositions (souvent dues à Willie Mitchell, Earl Randle ou Ann elle-même) comme "Come to mama", "I don't lend my man", "I needed somebody", "You can't hold a man", "Beware", "Love played a game". Même son Southern Soul comme précédemment et voix superbe.

This album is filled with many beautiful compositions (often due to Willie Mitchell, Earl Randle or Ann herself) like "Come to mama", "I don't lend my man", "I needed somebody", "You can't hold a man", "Beware", "Love played a game". Same Southern Soul sound as before and superb voice.

IF THIS IS HEAVEN

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Fat Possum

1977

Avec cet album inégal s'amorce le déclin de la carrière d'Ann Peebles. A cause de l'arrivée du Disco, la Southern Soul n'est plus du tout à la mode et l'album est un échec commercial. De plus, la production et les arrangements, en voulant sonner plus contemporain, perdent la force des premiers enregistrements. On remarque le puissant "A good day for lovin'", la belle ballade Soul "I'm so thankful" (racontant son expérience de mère), "Games".

With this uneven album begins the decline of Ann Peebles' career. Due to the arrival of Disco, Southern Soul is no longer fashionable and the album is a commercial failure. In addition, the production and the arrangements, wanting to sound more contemporary, lose the strength of the first recordings. We can point out the powerful "A good day for lovin'", the beautiful Soul ballad "I'm so thankful" (recounting her experience as a mother), "Games".

THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL

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Solid

Fat Possum

1978

Un peu dans la continuation de "If this is heaven", ce dernier album pour le label Hi mélange des influences Soul, Funk et Disco. Les arrangements de cordes et les choristes alourdissent un peu le son. En plus d'une jolie pochette, on trouve ici quelques titres accrocheurs : "Old man with young ideas", "Bip bam thank you mam", "I didn't take your man", "The handwriting is on the wall" mais le reste du programme s'avère beaucoup plus dispensable. Le label Hi est racheté par Cream Records en 1977 puis disparait progressivement, balayé par la fièvre Disco. Après deux autres simples en 1980 et 1981, Ann se retire alors du monde de la musique pour se consacrer à sa famille.

A bit in the continuation of "If this is heaven", this last album for the Hi label mixes Soul, Funk and Disco influences. The string arrangements and the choristers make the sound a bit dull. In addition to a nice art cover, we find here some catchy titles : "Old man with young ideas", "Bip bam thank you mam", "I didn't take your man", "The handwriting is on the wall" but the rest of the program is much more dispensable. The label Hi is bought by Cream Records in 1977 and then disappears gradually, swept by Disco fever. After two other singles in 1980 and 1981, Ann retired from the world of music to devote herself to her family.

CALL ME

Waylo

1989

Après dix ans d'absence, Ann retrouve son producteur fétiche Willie Mitchell sur son label Waylo. Mais les synthétiseurs et les batteries programmées ont remplacé la chaleur de la section cuivres. Au milieu de ses arrangements bruyants, la voix d'Ann a du mal à émerger ("Buckle up", "I like a man"). Plusieurs incursions Blues en demi-teinte : "Your well's gone dry", "One bad turn", "I found somebody new". Il s'agit probablement de son plus mauvais album.

After ten years of absence, Ann finds again her favorite producer Willie Mitchell on his Waylo label. But synthesizers and programmed drums have replaced the heat of the horn section. In the middle of this noisy arrangements, Ann's voice is struggling to emerge ("Buckle up", "I like a man"). Several half-hearted Blues incursions : "Your well's gone dry", "One bad turn", "I found somebody new". This is probably her worst album.

MEMPHIS SOUL NIGHT : LIVE IN EUROPE

Waylo

1989

FULL TIME LOVE

Bullseye

Zensor

1989

FILL THIS WORLD WITH LOVE

Bullseye

1996

BRAND NEW CLASSICS

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2006

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