Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Long before a solo recording career beckoned, Ann Peebles supported the legendary Soul Stirrers on tour. The experience was no doubt inspirational, being that the group featured an up-and-comer singer named Sam Cooke. Later, she became labelmates with soul legend Al Green at Hi Records where she recorded a series of great singles and 7 inches. Amongst that work was 'I Can't Stand The Rain', a record which John Lennon purportedly described as 'the greatest single ever' (and which Missy Elliott later sampled in "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)").

"Handwriting On The Wall" comes from 1978--a bit late in the classic Hi years--but Ann was still going strong, in a smooth southern style that recalls the best 70s work by singers like Millie Jackson or Shirley Brown. Below is an MP3 of "You've Got The Papers (I've Got The Man)," a lowdown tune that truly defines what "Cold Heat" is all about. The words are icy, but the groove scorches. See for yourself.

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