XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “A Nickel and A Nail” by Don Bryant

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Don Bryant | Photo credit: C. Matt White

75-year-old soul and R&B singer and songwriter Don Bryant is having a second chance to a long and successful career. He recently released Don’t Give Up On My Love on Fat Possum Records. It’s only the second album of his career; his one and only other album, Precious Soul, was released in 1969.

From Memphis, Tennessee, Bryant’s songwriting claim to fame is “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” which became a hit for his wife Ann Peebles in 1974 from her ground breaking R&B album of the same name.

The song — covered extensively over the years, and famously sampled in Missy Elliot’s breakout 1997 hit “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” — first became popularized by Tina Turner from her cover of it on 1974’s Private Dancer.

A staff writer for Hi Records, Bryant’s return to recording features a sparkling collection of soul songs including some of his own songs as well as covers like the 5 Royales’ “I Got to Know,” and the O.V. Wright’s “A Nickel and A Nail.” Listen below, as Bryant tears into it with all the heart and powerful soul of his life.

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