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Al Green
Al Green
Green in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, July 2006
Background info
Full name Albert Leornes Greene
Also known as The Reverend Al Green
Birthday/Birthplace (1946-04-13) April 13, 1946
Forrest City, Arkansas, US
  • R&B
  • soul
  • smooth soul
  • blues
  • gospel
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Active Years 1967–present
Record Labels
  • Hi
  • Myrrh
  • The Right Stuff
  • Fat Possum
Worked with
  • The Creations
  • Willie Mitchell
  • Quiet Elegance
  • Sam Cooke

Albert Greene (Forrest City, Ark., April 13, 1946), better known by the stage name of Al Green , is an American singer and songwriter. Most of their musical performances belong to the gospel and soul genres. It has been widely recognized for merging these different musical styles with each other, achieving the union of the secular with the religious. During the 1970s he achieved his greatest success, becoming one of the most successful musicians of that era.In 2008, Green received an award for his artistic career called Lifetime Achievement Award during the BET Awards event. His vocal style has been described as a rough and warm baritone and an ethereal falsetto.

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 65th on his list of the 100 immortal artists (100 Greatest Artists of All Time).

Al Green’s Biography

First years

Albert Greene was born in the city of Forrest City in the state of Arkansas, United States. His father was Robert Greene and he worked as a mediero, his mother’s name was Cora, and in 1955, the young Albert moved with his family to the city of Grand Rapids in the state of Michigan.

Greene began his musical career when he was nine years old, in a quartet known as Greene Brothers, in the company of his brothers Robert, Walter and William. However, his father expelled him from the musical group because Albert listened to the music of Jackie Wilson and because he expressed interest in starting a musical career.

In 1964, Greene and his high school friends decided to form a pop band, which they christened Creations. The group was in force for three years and recorded some musical hits under the Zodiac label. However, after a year of the separation of the group, the members were reunited, and this time they called themselves Al Greene and the Soul Mates, getting to obtain great fame with the song «Back Up Train», which reached the position 41 in the list of successes of 1968. In spite of the originality and vivacity of this musical project belonging to the rhythm and blues genre, and produced by the label Hot Line, the album did not achieve good sales.

Art career and success

In 1969, Greene began his career as a soloist in nightclubs and adopted the stage name of Al Green . In one of his presentations in Midland, he had the opportunity to meet the trumpeter and vice president of Hi Records, Willie Mitchell, who after seeing the presentation of Green was impressed and invited him to Memphis to make a musical album together. Mitchell had predicted the success of Green, and encouraged him to seek his own style of voice, at a time when the young artist sought to imitate his musical idols that were Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sam Cooke. In 1970, both made their first album titled Green is Blues under the production of the record that Mitchell represented and that was owned by producer Joe Coughi. The album was moderately successful, and Mitchell was He commissioned musical arrangements, sound engineering, and production. Through this project Green demonstrated to the public his powerful and expressive voice, and his next record was, Al Green Gets Next To You (1970). This album had a massive success, and included four gold singles, which shows the evolution of the voice and the improvement of the compositions made by Green. From the beginning, Green established a pattern of combination of original singles and versions of famous songs like “Light My Fire”, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” And “For the Good Times”.

However, he was more successful with the album Let’s Stay Together (1972). In the song of the same title, Green refined his voice reaching its highest falsetto, and this interpretation in turn managed to become number one according to the count list of the 100 most popular singles in the United States, known as Billboard Hot 100, during nine weeks in a row. He also released the album I’m Still In Love With You (1972), and one year later he presented the album Call Me, which reached a high popularity at that time, being considered by some critics as his most important work. In 1974, Green released the vinyl album Al Green Explores Your Mind, which contained the song “Take Me To the River”, which was versioned years later by the band Talking Heads, in their second album titled More Songs About Buildings and Food.

Conversion to Christianity

On October 18, 1974, Mary Woodson, who was a sentimental partner of Green, asked her to marry, even though she was already married to another man, and he refused the proposal, The woman seeing that she had been rejected, she approached the singer while he bathed and threw a pot of boiling grits on his back. Immediately, Green was hospitalized, with third-degree burns to his stomach, back and arms. After the act of violence, the woman locked herself in a room in the interpreter’s residence in Memphis, where she wrote a suicide note and with a revolver belonging to Green committed suicide.

Green channeled this incident as a sign from God. He was subsequently ordained as Reverend of the Tabernacle of Pentecostalism (in English Full Gospel Tabernacle, in 1976). However, he continued to record music and saw that the sales of his records went down, receiving mixed reviews from the musical commentators. Then, he bought a church in Memphis, to be able to practice as a pastor due to the refusal of several members of the Protestant church. Consequently, religion became the most important thing in his life, although without abandoning his love of singing.

In 1977 he recorded the album The Belle Album which was critically acclaimed, however he did not regain his former mass audience. In 1979, Green suffered a fall from the stage during a performance in Cincinnati, so he had to spend 15 days hospitalized, and he perceived this event as a new message from God. In this way, he decided to concentrate his energies on his church and singing gospel. After three years, she appeared with Patti Labelle in a Broadway musical entitled Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. Her first gospel album was The Lord Will Make a Way. From 1981 to 1989, Green recorded a series of gospel records, winning eight Grammy awards in that category. The film director Robert Mugge, made a documentary about Al Green entitled Gospel According to Green, which includes several interviews about his life and images of his church.

Return to rhythm and blues

After spending several years exclusively performing gospel, Green decided to return to the rhythm and blues musical style. First, he released a duet with Annie Lennox, entitled “Put A Little Love In You Heart” (1988) and that was created for the soundtrack of the movie called The Ghosts Attack the Boss, played by actor Bill Murray. In 1989, the singer worked with music producer Arthur Baker, and wrote the hit song « The Message Is Love ».

In the year of 1995 he was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, and nine years later in the Gospel Hall of Fame. Likewise, in 2002, Green received a Grammy Award for his musical career called Lifetime achievement Award.

Al Green Net Worth – $20 Million

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