A song that was co-written by Chattanooga pastor Bernie Miller has been chosen by Coca Cole for a new commercial featuring golfer Jordan Spieth.
Rev. Miller, who was a DJ in touch with many celebrities at the time the song was written, gives this account:
"I was playing some chords on the baby grand piano when Don Bryant walked into the studio. He started playing something on the electric piano. A few minutes later Don came over and said my chords went with his changes.
"A week later Don asked me to take Ann Peebles' cousin out to dinner because they had a concert to attend and Ann didn't want her cousin to have to wait for them.
It was rainy most of the day and night. When I dropped Ann's cousin off she said Don wanted me to wait for them to come home because he wanted me to hear something.
"When he arrived, he hurriedly threw off his coat and started playing our combined music. I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote "It sounds like rain against my window bringing back sweet memories." Don finished the phrase with, "Windowpane do you remember how sweet it used to be." I said "When we were together everything was@ and Don said, "So grand." I said, now that we've parted there's one sound that I just can't stand." That's when Don chimed in with "I can't stand the rain."
"The only thing Ann did was give us an idea for the last verse. At the time a song called Pillow Talk was popular. Ann suggested writing something about the pillow.
"Producer Willie Mitchell changed the opening line to 'I can't stand the rain.' "