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Encyclopedia > Al Green (musician)
Al Green

Let's Stay Together (1972)
Country USA
Years active 1967-Present
Genre(s) R&B, Gospel, Soul
Label(s) Hi Records
For the Democratic Congressman from Texas and the former head of the Houston NAACP, please see Al Green.

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Early years

Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas. The son of a sharecropper, he started out at age nine in a Forrest City quartet called the Greene Brothers; he dropped the final "e" from his last name years later as a solo artist. They toured extensively in the mid-1950s in the South until the Greenes moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, when they began to tour around Michigan. He was kicked out of the group by his father because he was caught listening to Jackie Wilson. Forrest City is a city located in St. ... Sharecropping is a system of farming in which employee farmers work a parcel of land in return for a fraction of the parcels crops. ... // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... Nickname: Furniture City Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Jackie Wilson Jack Leroy Jackie Wilson (June 9, 1934–January 21, 1984) was an American soul and R&B singer born in Detroit, Michigan, where he became active in the music business. ...


Green formed a group called Al Greene & the Creations in high school. Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, two members of the Creations, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. The band, now known as the Soul Mates, recorded "Back Up Train" and released it on Hot Line Music; the song was an R&B chart hit. The Soul Mates' subsequent singles did not sell as well. Green came into contact with bandleader Willie Mitchell of Memphis' Hi Records in 1969, when Mitchell had hired him as a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchell's band and then asked him to sign with the label. Willie Mitchell is a soul, r&b, rock and roll, pop and funk music producer and arranger who runs Royal Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City Official website: http://www. ... Hi Records was a very successful Memphis soul label in the 1960s and 1970s, releasing albums for internationally known acts like Al Green and Ann Peebles. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


Rise to stardom

Mitchell predicted stardom for Green, coaching him to find his own, unique voice at a time when Green had previously been trying to sing like his heroes Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sam Cooke. Green's debut album with Hi Records was Green is Blue, a slow, horn-driven album that allowed Green to show off his powerful and expressive voice, with Mitchell arranging, engineering, and producing. The album was a moderate success. The next LP, Al Green Gets Next To You (1970), was a massive success that included four gold singles as Green developed his vocal and songwriting talents. Let's Stay Together (1972) was an even bigger success, as was I'm Still In Love With You (1972). Call Me was a critical sensation, and was also just as popular at the time; it is one of his most fondly remembered albums today. Al Green Explores Your Mind (1974) contained the song "Take Me to the River" covered by the Talking Heads on their second album. Jackie Wilson Jack Leroy Jackie Wilson (June 9, 1934–January 21, 1984) was an American soul and R&B singer born in Detroit, Michigan, where he became active in the music business. ... Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an African-American R&B and soul singer. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... Cover of Sam Cookes landmark 1964 album, Aint That Good News. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Lets Stay Together is a 1972 album by Al Green, and also the name of a well known track from the album. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... Al Green Explores Your Mind is the eighth album by soul singer extraordinaire Al Green. ... Talking Heads were an American rock band existing between 1974 and 1991, composed of David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. ... More Songs About Buildings and Food is a July 14, 1978 (see 1978 in music) art punk album by Talking Heads. ...


Tragedy

On October 18, 1974, Green's girlfriend, Mary Woodson, poured boiling grits on him as he was showering (due to his rejection of her marriage proposal), causing second-degree burns on his back, stomach, and arm. She then killed herself in an adjacent bedroom. Deeply shaken by the event, Green converted to Christianity and became an ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis in 1976. Continuing to record R&B, Green saw his sales start to slip and the critics grew steadily harsher. 1977's The Belle Album was critically acclaimed but did not regain his former mass audience. In 1979, Green was injured while performing and interpreted this accident as a message from God. He then concentrated his energies towards pastoring his church and gospel singing, also appearing in 1982 with Patti Labelle in the musical Your Arms Too Short to Box With God. His first gospel album was The Lord Will Make a Way. From 1981 to 1989 Green recorded a series of gospel recordings, garnering eight "soul gospel performance" Grammys in that period. In 1984 director Robert Mugge released a documentary film, The Gospel According to Al Green, including interviews about his life and footage from his church. October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in Leap years). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... In medicine, a burn is a type of injury to the skin caused by heat, electricity, chemicals, or radiation (an example of the latter is sunburn). ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth, known by Christians as Jesus Christ, as recounted in the New Testament. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Belle Album is a 1977 album by soul musician Al Green. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Michelangelos depiction of God in the painting Creation of the Sun and Moon in the Sistine Chapel This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Patti LaBelle Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a hugely revered African-American R&B/soul singer who fronted two moderately successful groups before rising to stardom as a solo artist in the late 1970s, influencing a new generation of female singers. ... Michelangelos depiction of God in the painting Creation of the Sun and Moon in the Sistine Chapel This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Return to R&B

After spending several years exclusively performing gospel, Green began to return to R&B. First, he released a duet with Annie Lennox, "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" for Scrooged, a Bill Murray film. His 1994 duet with country music singer Lyle Lovett blended country with R&B, garnering him his ninth Grammy, this time in a pop music category. Green's first secular album in some time was Your Heart's In Good Hands (1995), released to positive reviews but disappointing sales, the same year Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Annie Lennox with David A. Stewart, with whom she formed Eurythmics, in a promotional shot for their 1999 album, Peace. ... Scrooged is a hit 1988 comedy film based on Charles Dickens classic story, A Christmas Carol, and follows the Dickens story closely, but sets it in modern times. ... Bill Murray in Broken Flowers (2005). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ... For the 1979 song by M, see Pop Muzik. ... This article concerns secularity, that is, being secular, in various senses. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the foreground The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum and institution in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential...


In 2000, Green published Take Me to the River, a book discussing his career. The Grammys presented Green with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. This article is about the year 2000. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...


Green released in 2003 a non-religious (secular) album entitled I Can't Stop, his first collaboration with Willie Mitchell since 1985's He is the Light. In March 2005 Al Green released "Everything's Ok", a follow up to his 2003 CD "I Can't Stop". Green also collaborated with Willie Mitchell on this secular CD as well. In 2004, Al Green was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Al Green still continues to tour, and to preach at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee. This article is about the year. ... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music. ... The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, created in 1971 by the Gospel Music Association, is a Hall of Fame dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals in all forms of gospel music. ...


Discography and chart ranking

  • Back Up Train (1967)
  • Green is Blue (1970) #19 US
  • Al Green Gets Next to You (1971) #58 US
  • Let's Stay Together (1972) #8 US
  • I'm Still in Love with You (1972) #4 US
  • Al Green (compilation) (1972) #162 US
  • Call Me (1973) #10 US
  • Livin' for You (1973) #24 US
  • Al Green Explores Your Mind (1974) #15 US
  • Al Green Is Love (1975) #28 US
  • Al Green's Greatest Hits (1975) #17 US, #18 UK
  • Full of Fire (1976) #59 US
  • Have a Good Time (1976) #93 US
  • The Belle Album (1977) #103 US
  • Al Green's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1977) #134 US
  • Truth N' Time (1978)
  • The Lord Will Make a Way (1980)
  • Higher Plane (1981)
  • Tokyo Live (1981)
  • Precious Lord (1982)
  • I'll Rise Again (1983)
  • The Christmas Album (1983)
  • Trust in God (1984)
  • He is the Light (1985)
  • White Christmas (1986)
  • Soul Survivor (1987) #131 US
  • Hi Life - The Best of Al Green (1988) #34 UK
  • I Get Joy (1989)
  • Love is Reality (1992)
  • Gospel Soul (1993)
  • Your Heart's in Good Hands (1995)
  • Don't look back (1997)
  • Take Me to the River (compilation) (2000) #186 US
  • Feels Like Christmas (2001)
  • Love - The Essential Al Green (2002) #18 UK
  • I Can't Stop (2003) #53 US
  • The Love Songs Collection (compilation) (2003) #91 US
  • Everything's OK (2005)

All Green Gets Next To You is an album by Al Green, released in 1971. ... Lets Stay Together is a 1972 album by Al Green, and also the name of a well known track from the album. ... Call Me is widely regarded as Greens magnum opus, and one of the premiere albums of early 1970s soul. ... Al Green Explores Your Mind is the eighth album by soul singer extraordinaire Al Green. ... Al Green Is Love is the ninth album by soul singer extraordinaire Al Green. ... The Belle Album is a 1977 album by soul musician Al Green. ...

Hit singles

  • 1971 "Tired of Being Alone" #11 US, #4 UK
  • 1972 "Let's Stay Together" #1 US, #7 UK
  • 1972 "I'm Still in Love with You" #3 US, #35 UK
  • 1972 "Look What You Done for Me" #4 US, #33 UK
  • 1972 "You Ought to be with Me" #3 US
  • 1973 "Call Me (Come Back Home)" #10 US
  • 1973 "Here I am (Come and Take Me)" #10 US
  • 1974 "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)" #7 US, #20 UK
  • 1974 "Let's Get Married" #32 US
  • 1974 "Livin' for You" #19 US
  • 1975 "L-O-V-E (Love)" #13 US, #24 UK
  • 1975 "Full of Fire" #28 US
  • 1977 "Keep Me Cryin'" #37 US
  • 1988 "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" (with Annie Lennox) #9 US, #28 UK
  • 1989 "The Message is Love" (Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples feat. Al Green) #38 UK
  • 1993 "Love is A Beautiful Thing" #56 UK

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