Ann Peebles' Classic Song 'I Can't Stand the Rain' Was Actually Inspired By a Rainy Day

Ann Peebles’ Classic Song ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’ Was Actually Inspired By a Rainy Day

In the 1970s, soul singer Ann Peebles changed music forever with just five words: “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” Her 1973 single — which would later be honored by other artists decades later — revolved around a simple concept of being annoyed by rain falling outside. Unsurprisingly, the song itself was inspired by a rainy day.

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Ann Peebles’ music career

Ann Peebles first started performing as a child in her church choir and her family group, the Peebles Choir, who opened for gospel music stars including Mahalia Jackson and the Soul Stirrers, fronted by Sam Cooke.