Ann Peebles Biography

The Queen of record label Hi

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Ann Peebles

Ann Peebles is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, best known for her popular Memphis soul albums of the 70s 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.

Originally released in 1973 on the label Hi (same label as Al Green), I Can’t Stand The Rain was the name of the album, and the song was the title track.

Since then, I Can’t Stand The Rain has increased in popularity but unfortunately the same can’t necessarily be said for the artist behind it.


I Can’t Stand The Rain covers

I Can’t Stand The Rain has been recorded by many artists. Humble Pie recorded their version of I Can’t Stand The Rain in 1974, Ronnie Wood did so in 1975.

Eruption had their biggest hit with the song in 1978, Lowell George (of Little Feet) made his version in 1979.

Tina Turner released her version in 1984 on the album Private Dancer and then the following year as a single.

Bad Manners recorded their version in 1993 and Missy Elliot decided that it was enough to just sample the chorus for her track The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) in 1997.

Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) recorded his version in 2006.

As recently as 2008, Seal decided that he should include I Can’t Stand The Rain on his album Soul.


Guitar Lessons


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this first step, we look at how to play the main riff in the key of A.

To learn from it we study the intervals, play it in five areas of the neck as well as consider hammer on’s, bends, slides and pull off’s.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 1.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 2

As you now can play the riff in all five shapes in A, surely playing in D is easy?

Only one way to find out, by practicing along with the loop, nailing that TAB.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 2.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 3

It’s time to honky-tonk.

Easy in an E and A shape, the G and C shapes also get the honky-tonk treatment in this step.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 3.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 4

Let’s learn the chorus and instrumental section exactly as I played it with a singer on just one guitar.

Using the loops, you’ll know how to play this in no time.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 4.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 5

The time has come to play the complete song.

Using the TAB chart, keep the video on repeat and play along with me and the singer at least five times in a row.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 5.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 6

If you and I don’t play the same thing at the same time – we will sound better together.

This is what we focus on in this step.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 6.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 7

Let’s take a microscopic close up look at what the vocal melody for the verse is.

How can we (using slides, hammer-on’s, bends and vibrato) sound like a singer when playing a melody?

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 7.


I Can’t Stand The Rain – Step 8

This final step has 18 TAB loops.

What we do is study the chorus vocal melody in microscopic detail.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

This classic soul/blues classic mainly relies on a repetitive dom7 chord riff.

As the chorus kicks in, we find chords from outside of the key that creates a great contrast to the first, blues-influenced riff.

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

I Can't Stand The RainI can’t stand the rain
Against my window
Bringing back sweet memories
I can’t stand the rain
Against my window

Go to I Can’t Stand The Rain lyrics.


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