Let’s Stay Together Al Green Part One
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.
Green in 2001
Albert Leornes Greene
Also known as
The Reverend Al Green
April 13, 1946 ( age 73).
Forrest City, Arkansas, US.
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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 Train. While 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.
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.