27 April 1947, East St. Louis, Missouri, USA. An impromptu appearance at the Rosewood Club in Memphis led to Peebles recording contract. Band leader Gene Miller took the singer to producer Willie Mitchell, whose skills fashioned an impressive debut single, Walk Away (1969). Peebles style was more fully shaped with Part Time Love (1970), an irresistibly punchy reworking of the Clay Hammond -penned standard, while powerful original songs, including Slipped Tripped And Fell In Love (1972) and Im Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (1973), later recorded by Paul Young and Graham Parker, confirmed her promise. Her work matured with the magnificent I Cant Stand The Rain, which defined the Hi Records sound and deservedly ensured the singers immortality. Don Bryant, Peebles husband and a songwriter of ability, wrote that classic as well as 99 lbs (1971). Later releases,...
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