Let’s Stay Together Al Green Part One

Let’s Stay Together Al Green Part One

Let’s Stay Together Al Green Part One

Let’s Stay Together Al Green Part One, Is what I’m calling my blog, because I want stay together with Al Green.

Albert Leornes Greene (born April 13, 1946), often known as The Reverend Al Green,is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording aseries of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including Take Me to the River,Tired of Being Alone, I‘m Still in Love with You, Love and Happiness, andhis signature song, Let‘s Stay Together. Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall ofFame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum‘s site as being one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music. He has also been referred to as The Last of theGreat Soul Singers. Green was included in the Rolling Stonelist of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 65, as well as its list of the 100Greatest Singers, at No. 14.

Al Green

Al Green in Washington D.C (cropped).jpg

Green in 2001

Background information

Birth name

Albert Leornes Greene

Also known as

The Reverend Al Green

Born

April 13, 1946 ( age 73).
Forrest City, Arkansas, US.

Genres.

R&B.
soul.
smooth soul.
blues.
gospel.
Occupations.

Singer.
songwriter.
record producer.
Instruments.

Vocals.
guitar.
Years active.

1955 present.

Labels.

Hi.
Myrrh.
The Right Stuff.
Fat Possum.
Associated acts.

The Creations.
Willie Mitchell.
Quiet Elegance.
Sam Cooke.

Early lifeEdit.

Albert Leornes Greene was born on April 13, 1946, in Forrest City, Arkansas. The sixth of ten children born to Cora Lee and Robert G. Greene, Jr., asharecropper, Al began performing with his brothers in a group called the GreeneBrothers at around the age of ten. The Greene family relocated to Grand Rapids,Michigan, in the late 1950s. Al was kicked out of the family home while in histeens, after his devoutly religious father caught him listening to Jackie Wilson.
I also listened to Mahalia Jackson, all the great gospel singers. But the most important music to me was those hip-shakin boys: Wilson Pickett and Elvis Presley. I just loved Elvis Presley. Whatever he got, I went out and bought.
In high school, Al formed a vocal group called Al Greene & the Creations. Twoof the group‘s members, Curtis Rodgers and Palmer James, formed an independentlabel called Hot Line Music Journal. In 1968, having changed their name to AlGreene & the Soul Mates, they recorded the song Back Up Train, releasing it on Hot Line Music. The song was a hit on the R&B charts. However, the group‘s subsequent follow-ups failed to chart, as did their debut album Back Up TrainWhile performing with the Soul Mates, Green came into contact with Memphis record producer Willie Mitchell, who hired him in 1969 to be a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchell‘s band. Following the performance, Mitchell asked Green to sign with his Hi Records label.

CareerEdit.

Early successEdit.

Having noted that Green had been trying to sing like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke,Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, Mitchell became his vocal mentor, coaching him into finding his own voice. Before releasing his first album with Hi, Green removed the final e from his name. Subsequently, he released Green Is Blues(1969 ), which was a moderate success. His follow-up album, Al Green Gets Next toYou (1971 ), featured the hit R&B cover of the Temptations I Can’t Get Next toYou, recorded in a slow blues-oriented version. The album also featured his first significant hit, Tired of Being Alone, which sold a million copies and was certified gold, becoming the first of seven consecutive gold singles Green would record in the next couple of years.

Green in an appearance on The Mike Douglas Show in 1973
Green‘s next album, Let‘s Stay Together (January 1972), solidified his place insoul music. The title track was his biggest hit to date, reaching number one onboth the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. The album became his first to becertified gold. His follow-up, I‘m Still in Love with You (October 1972) wentplatinum with the help of the singles Look What You Done for Me and the titletrack, both of which went to the top ten on the Hot 100. His next album, Call Me(April 1973) produced three top ten singles: You Ought to Be with Me, Call Me(Come Back Home), and Here I Am (Come and Take Me). Green‘s album Livin forYou (December 1973) was his last album to be certified gold.
In addition to these hit singles, Green also had radio hits with songs such asLove and Happiness, his cover of the Bee Gees How Can You Mend a BrokenHeart, Simply Beautiful, What a Wonderful Thing Love Is, and Take Me to theRiver, later covered successfully by new wave band Talking Heads and blues artistSyl Johnson. Green continued to record successful R&B hits in the next severalyears including Livin for You, Let‘s Get Married, Sha-La-La (Makes MeHappy), L-O-V-E (Love) and Full of Fire. By the time Green released the album, The Belle Album in 1977, however, Green‘s record sales had plummetedpartially due to Green‘s own personal issues during this time and his desire to become a minister. His last Hi Records album, Truth n Time, was released in 1978 and failed to become a success. Two years later, he left Hi for Myrrh Records and recorded only gospel music for the next decade and a half.



Gospel recordingsEdit

Green‘s first gospel album, The Lord Will Make a Way, was released in 1980. The title song from the album would later win Green his first of eight Grammy Awards in the Best Soul Gospel Performance category. In 1982, Green co-starred with Patti LaBelle in the Broadway play, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. His 1985 gospel album, He Is the Light reunited Green with Willie Mitchell while his 1987 follow-up, Soul Survivor, featured the minor hit, Everything‘s Gon na Be Alright, which reached number 22 on the R&B chart, his first top 40 R&B hit sinceI Feel Good in 1978.

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