Al Green, singer

Al Green

April 13, 1946, Forrest City, AR

To a greater extent than even his predecessors Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Al Green embodies soul music's mix of sacred and profane. ~ Rolling Stone: Al Green ~ retrieved June 25, 2013 © Rolling Stone

Al Green emerged from relative obscurity - he recorded one moderately successful single in the 1960s - to become one of the premiere soul vocalists of the early 1970s and an unrivaled hitmaker. His impassioned, sensual delivery and silky charisma made him a sex symbol as well, and he seemed prepared to dominate the world of rhythm and blues throughout the decade with hits like ‘Love and Happiness’ and ‘Let's Stay Together.’ Something unexpected happened, however, that exerted a profound effect on the course of Green's career: he converted to Christianity, made his way back to the gospel music he had sung in childhood, and eventually became the minister of his own church in Memphis, Tennessee. Although this decision cost Green the chance to be the king of soul music, he has recorded a string of albums since then, some of them quite successful, and has introduced many secular listeners to the power of gospel. In his prime as a mainstream soul singer, though, according to Geoffrey Himes of Musician. “Green created a body of work that stands with the best black pop of the 70s.” ~ Musicianguide: Al Green ~ retrieved June 25, 2013 © Musicianguide

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Al Green ~ Ranked #41 Q Magazine 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time in 2007.

Al Green ~ Let's Stay Together ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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