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Ann Peebles Handwriting Is on the Wall

Handwriting Is on the Wall
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(2015/Fat Possum) 10 tracks. Released in 1979, The Handwriting Is on the Wall boasted some... more

Ann Peebles: Handwriting Is on the Wall

(2015/Fat Possum) 10 tracks.
Released in 1979, The Handwriting Is on the Wall boasted some high-powered funk backdrops, but for the most part the album finds Peebles taking on a set of straight-ahead soul numbers in which she was usually either taking a man away from some woman who didn't know how to hold on to him, or was warning the ladies why they should stay away from her significant other.

Article properties: Ann Peebles: Handwriting Is on the Wall

  • Interpret: Ann Peebles

  • Album titlle: Handwriting Is on the Wall

  • Label FAT POSSUM

  • Genre Blues

  • Year of publication 2015
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0767981116815

  • weight in Kg 0.3
Peebles, Ann - Handwriting Is on the Wall LP 1
01 Old Man with Young Ideas -
02 Bip Bam Thank You Mam -
03 The Handwriting Is on the Wall -
04 I Didn't Take Your Man -
05 You've Got the Papers (I've Got the Man) -
06 Lookin' for a Lovin' -
07 You're More Than I Can Stand -
08 Livin' in, Lovin' Out -
09 If I Can't See You -
10 Let Your Love Light Shine
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"Ann Peebles"

Ann Peebles

Part Time Love

Ann Peebles

Part Time Love


Most of trumpet-blowing Memphis bandleader Willie Mitchell's greatest production triumphs came with male soul singers—Al Green, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson. But he had one lady oozing soul from every pore at his Hi Records operation: Ann Peebles.


Born April 27, 1947 in East St. Louis, Illinois, her father was a minister, and she sang with The Peebles Choir as a little girl. But the blues also caught her ear. "I started peeping into club windows at a very early age," she says. "Somebody that really stood out was Tina Turner, who was very young at the time herself. I can remember her being at the Firehouse, when they used to have big dances there. I used to be in the window for the whole show, just watching."

St. Louis saxman Oliver Sain was supportive, but it was trumpeter Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller that proved the diminutive chanteuse's conduit to a recording contract. "I came to Memphis with my brother. He was dating a girl here, so I rode down with him. And we went out to a club thatnight, the Club Rosewood. And Gene 'Bowlegs' was playing there with his band. I asked to sit in with him, and I did a song with him," says Ann. "Afterwards, he asked me, did I want to record? That's how I got started there. He took me to Willie Mitchell, and I started from there."

Ann successfully auditioned for Mitchell by singing Jimmy Hughes' Steal Away, the same number she'd done with Miller's band. Her spine-chilling '69 Hi debut, Walk Away, brought back a number Sain had originally written for Mitty Collier at Chess, and it proved a sizable R&B hit for Ann. Hi's house band (guitarist Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, his brothers Leroy on bass and Charles on organ, and drummer Howard Grimes) was always a prime factor. "I think all the right ingredients were there then," Ann says. "It took Hi Rhythm, it took Willie Mitchell, it took the Memphis Horns and the writers and the artists. All those ingredients put together made the best cake."

Part Time Love had already been a 1963 smash for Little Johnny Taylor, but Ann rejuvenated the impassioned blues with a stomping upbeat groove. "I always like to put me in a song, because the other artists have already did the songs," she says. "When I do it, I like to do it as I feel the song." It was her biggest seller yet, stopping at #7 R&B and #45 pop. Peebles subsequently pierced the R&B hit parade with Breaking Up Somebody's Home, I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, and her top seller in '73, the haunting I Can't Stand The Rain, which she co-wrote with her husband and Hi labelmate Don Bryant and deejay Bernard Miller.

Peebles stayed with Poppa Willie at Hi until the label's late '70s demise (her seductive '75 hit Come To Mama was later revived in gender-switched form by Bob Seger). She's still musically active, and she presumably still can't stand precipitation.

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music 24 Scorching Classics From 1970

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