Let’s Stay Together Al Green Part Two, is like Part One only different.
Green Returned to Secular Music
in 1988 recording “Put a Little Love in Your Heart“ with Annie Lennox. Featured onthe soundtrack to the movie, Scrooged, the song became Green‘s first top 10 pophit since 1974. Green had a hit in 1989 with “The Message is Love“ with producerArthur Baker. Two years later, he recorded the theme song to the short-lived showGood Sports In 1993, he signed with RCA and with Baker again as producer, releasedthe album, Don’t Look Back. Green received his ninth Grammy award for hiscollaboration with Lyle Lovett for their duet of “Funny How Time Slips Away“.Green‘s 1995 album, Your Heart‘s In Good Hands, was released around the time thatGreen was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.“ The one single releasedfrom the album, “Keep On Pushing Love“, was described as “invoking the original,sparse sound of his Green‘s early classics.“
Green performing at the Sonoma Jazz festival, May 23, 2008
In 2000, Green released his autobiography, Take Me to the River. Two years later, he earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and recorded a hit R&B duet with Ann Nesby on the song, “Put It On Paper“. Green again reunited with Willie Mitchell in 2003 for the album, I Can’t Stop. A year later, Green re-recorded his previous song, “Simply Beautiful“, with Queen Latifah on the latter‘s album, The Dana Owens Album. In 2005, Green and Mitchell collaborated on Everything‘s OK. His2008 album, Lay It Down, was produced by Ahmir “Questlove“ Thompson and James Poyser. It became his first album to reach the top ten since the early 1970s.The album featured a minor R&B hit with the ballad, “Stay with Me (By the Sea)“, featuring John Legendand also featuring duets with Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae. During an interview for promotion of the album, Green admitted that he would have liked to duet with Marvin Gaye: “In those days, people didn’t sing together like they do now,“ he said. In 2009, Green recorded “People GetReady“ with Heather Headley on the album, Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration. In 2010, Green performed “Let‘s Stay Together“ on Later … with Jools Holland.
On September 13, 2018, Al Green released his first new recording in almost overten years. Before the next teardrop falls, most famously recorded by Freddy Fender in 1975, was produced by Matt Ross-Spang and is part of Amazon Music‘s new“Produced By“ series.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazinelisted Al Green among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
On October 18, 1974, shortly after Al Green Explores Your Mind was released, Mary Woodson White, his girlfriend, assaulted him before committing suicide at his Memphis home. Although she was already married, White became upset when Green refused to marry her. She doused him with a pot of boiling grits while he was bathing, causing severe burns on Green‘s back, stomach, and arms, then killed herself with his .38 handgun. Police found a note inside White‘s purse that declared her intentions and her reasons.
Green cited the incident as a wake-up call to change his life. He became an ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis in 1976. Continuingto record R&B, Green saw his sales start to slip and drew mixed reviews fromcritics. In 1978, Green was charged with battery for allegedly beating Lovie Smithunconscious with a tree limb. The charges were dismissed after Smith, who had moved, did not receive a subpoena and therefore missed the court date. In 1979, Green injured himself falling off the stage while performing in Cincinnati and took this as a message from God. He then concentrated his energies towards pastoring his church and gospel singing. His first gospel album was The Lord Will Make a Way. From 1981 to 1989 Green recorded a series of gospel albums, garnering eight “soul gospel performance“ Grammy Awards in that period. In 1985, he reunitedwith Willie Mitchell along with Angelo Earl for He Is the Light, his first albumfor A&M Records. In 1984, director Robert Mugge released a documentary film, Gospel According to Al Green, including interviews about his life and footage from his church.
In June 1977, Green married Shirley Kyles. Shirley filed for divorce in 1978 and 1981. In the final divorce complaint, Shirley alleged that Green had been subjecting her to domestic violence throughout their marriage. Green accused her of “cruel and inhuman treatment“ in a counter complaint. In a sworn depositionin 1982 as part of her divorce filing, Shirley testified that in 1978 while fivemonths pregnant, Green beat her with a boot for refusing to have sex. The assaultresulted in head wounds, one which required stitches. After the incident she filed for divorce, but they reconciled. According to Shirley, they separated several times when the beatings became “too frequent and too severe.“ Initially, Green denied beating his wife, but under oath in 1982 he admitted to spousal abuse. Their divorce was finalized in February 1983. In 1995, the story of Nicole Brown Simpson inspired Shirley to go public with the abuse she endured in order to help other victims.
Green has six children; two sons, Al Green, Jr., and Trevor; four daughters, Alva, Rubi, Kora (with Shirley Kyles), and Kala. He resides and preaches in Memphis, near Graceland, while he is a member of the Prince Hall Masons, theAfrican-American wing of Freemasonry, at the Thirty-Third Degree.
Green‘s sister Maxine disappeared in September 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Back Up Train (1967 )
Green Is Blues (1969 )
Al Green Gets Next to You (1971 )
Let‘s Stay Together (1972 )
I‘m Still in Love with You (1972 )
Call Me (1973 )
Livin‘ for You (1973 )
Al Green Explores Your Mind (1974 )
Al Green Is Love (1975 )
Full of Fire (1976 )
Have a Good Time (1976 )
The Belle Album (1977 )
Truth n‘ Time (1978 )
The Lord Will Make a Way (1980 )
Higher Plane (1982 )
Precious Lord (1982 )
I‘ll Rise Again (1983 )
The Christmas Album (1983 )
Trust in God (1984 )
He Is the Light (1985 )
Soul Survivor (1987 )
I Get Joy (1989 )
From My Soul (1990 )
Love Is Reality (1992 )
Don’t Look Back (1993 )
Your Heart‘s in Good Hands (1995 )
I Can’t Stop (2003 )
Everything‘s OK (2005 )
Lay It Down (2008 )
Awards and Honors
Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2004, he wasinducted into the Gospel Music Association‘s Gospel Music Hall of Fame. That same year, he was inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him No. 65 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 BET Awards on June 24, 2009.
On August 26, 2004, Green was honored as a BMIIcon at the annual BMI Urban Awards.He joined a list of previous Icon honorees that included R&B legends James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bo Diddley.
In 2009, Al Green was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.
Green was recognized on December 7, 2014, as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.