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  • Precious Soul Precious Soul Quick View

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    Precious Soul

    Long Out Of Print Debut Solo Album from One of Hi Records' Most Successful Staff Songwriters!

    Best-known as a staff songwriter under Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and as the husband of Hi star Ann Peebles, Don Bryant was also a fine, underappreciated singer in his own right. Bryant was born in Memphis on April 4, 1942; his father, Edward, sang with a gospel group called the Four Stars of Harmony, and Bryant himself began singing in church at age five. In 1955, he and four brothers formed their own gospel group, the Five Bryant Brothers, which soon switched to doo wop under the name the Quails.

    Not long after, Bryant joined several high school friends in another doo wop group, the Four Canes, who were named after their manager, local DJ D. Cane Cole. When the group split with Cole, Bryant changed their name to the Four Kings, and they caught the attention of trumpeter/bandleader Willie Mitchell, who began performing with them around the Memphis club scene. Through Mitchell, Bryant got his original composition "Is There Someone Else on Your Mind" recorded by the 5 Royales and made his first solo recording in 1964 with a cover of Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That."

    Over the next five years, Bryant recorded several duets with Marion Brittnam and numerous cover songs, the latter of which constituted his first full-length LP, 1969's Precious Soul (issued on Hi). However, his behind-the-scenes career soon became more lucrative, specifically when Mitchell assigned him to work with new Hi signee Ann Peebles. No longer the label's focal point, Bryant resisted at first, but quickly discovered a creative and personal chemistry with Peebles that blossomed into a relationship in 1972 and marriage two years later.

    In the meantime, Bryant co-wrote a number of Peebles' signature songs, including "I Can't Stand the Rain" and "99 Pounds"; his success led to a staff songwriting position, where he penned material for other Hi stars like Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright and Otis Clay.


    1. She's Looking Good
    2. (You're A) Wonderful One
    3. Funky Broadway
    4. Can I Change My Mind
    5. Soul Man
    6. Land of 1000 Dances
    7. Slip Away
    8. For Your Precious Love
    9. Expressway To Your Heart
    10. Try Me
    11. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
    12. Cry Baby
    Don Bryant
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Ann Peebles Greatest Hits Ann Peebles Greatest Hits Quick View

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    Ann Peebles Greatest Hits

    Compilation of soul singer, Ann Peebles, greatest hits!

    Ann Peebles is an African-American singer and songwriter who gained celebrity for her Memphis soul albums of the 1970s for Hi Records. Two of her most popular songs are I Can't Stand the Rain, which she wrote with her husband Don Bryant and radio broadcaster Bernie Miller, and I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down. In 2014, Ann Peebles was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

    1. Walk Away
    2. Give Me Some credit
    3. Part Time Love
    4. I Pity the Fool
    5. Slipped, Tripped, Fell in Love
    6. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
    7. Somebody's On Your Case
    8. I'm Gonna Tear your Playhouse Down
    9. I Can't Stand the Rain
    10. (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
    11. Do I Need You
    12. Beware
    13. Come to Mama
    14. Dr. Love Power
    15. I Didn't Take Your Man
    16. Old Man With Young Ideas
    Ann Peebles
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