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Al Green

Soul Legend Al Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas in 1946, and began performing at age nine as part of his father's gospel group, the Green Brothers. During the 1950's, the quartet toured the South, but the Green family later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Al Green formed a new R&B group, Al Green and the Creations. The Creations became the Soul Mates, and in 1968 the group scored an R&B Top 5 single with Back Up Train.

In 1969, Green began a solo career in close collaboration with producer Willie Mitchell, releasing his debut album Green is Blues the following year. His 1970 follow-up Al Green Gets Next to You went gold thanks to the hit single Tired of Being Along, while 1972's Let's Stay Together reached the Top 10 when its title track hit No. 1. Another 1972 release I'm Still in Love With You reached No. 4, while 1973's Call Me contained three Top 10 singles, Her I Am, Call Me and "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy). Al Green was now an R&B superstar, known for his soulful voice, interesting musical arrangements and energetic live shows.

After the tragic death of his girlfriend Mary Woodson in 1974, Green found God and became a preacher at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, where he still preaches to this day. He recorded several gospel albums during the 1970's and early '80's, returning to the mainstream in the late '80's with a cover of Put a Little Love in Your Heart with Annie Lennox, and the top 40 R&B single As Long as We're Together, a duet with Al B. Sure.

By 1995 Green's comeback was assured, with the release of Your Heart's in Good Hands. That same year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor that was well-deserved.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Al Green Facts

BirthdayApril 13, 1946 (76)
BirthplaceForrest City, Arkansas, USA

Selected Filmography

Beverly Hills Cop III
Hustle & Flow
Tomorrow Never Dies
Reverse Angle
Inside Man
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power
Road Trip
Racing With The Moon
On The Line
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