34 Facts About Al Green


Albert Leornes Greene was born on April 13, 1946, and better known as Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter, pastor and record producer best known for recording a series 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", and his signature song, "Let's Stay Together".

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Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Al Green was referred to on the museum's site as being "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music".

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Al Green has been referred to as "The Last of the Great Soul Singers".

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Al Green is the winner of 11 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Al Green has received the BMI Icon award and is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

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Al Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No 65, as well as its list of the 100 Greatest Singers, at No 14.

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Al Green then lived with a prostitute, began hustling, and indulged in recreational drugs.

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Subsequently, he released Al Green Is Blues, which was a moderate success.

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Al Green then concentrated his energies towards pastoring his church and gospel music.

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In 1982, Al Green co-starred with Patti LaBelle in the Broadway play, "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God".

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In 1984, director Robert Mugge released a documentary film, Gospel According to Al Green, including interviews about his life and footage from his church.

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Al Green returned to secular music in 1988 recording "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" with Annie Lennox.

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Al Green had a hit in 1989 with "The Message is Love" with producer Arthur Baker.

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Al Green received his ninth Grammy award for his collaboration with Lyle Lovett for their duet of "Funny How Time Slips Away".

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Al Green again reunited with Willie Mitchell in 2003 for the album, I Can't Stop.

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In 2009, Al Green recorded "People Get Ready" with Heather Headley on the album, Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.

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On September 13, 2018, Al Green released his first new recording in almost over ten years, "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", most famously recorded by Freddy Fender in 1975.

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Al Green's doused him with a pot of boiling grits as he was preparing for bed in the bathroom, causing second-degree burns on his back, stomach, and arms which required skin grafts.

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Al Green cited this incident as a wake-up call to change his life.

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Days after Al Green was released from Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis, where he was treated for his burns, he was reportedly held hostage at gunpoint by his cousin, who claimed he owed her money.

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In 1976, Al Green established the Full Gospel Tabernacle church in Memphis.

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Al Green is a member of the Prince Hall Masons, the African-American wing of Freemasonry, at the Thirty-Third Degree.

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Al Green's filed again in 1981, charging that Green had subjected her to domestic violence throughout their marriage.

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Al Green accused her of cruel and inhuman treatment in a countercomplaint.

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Al Green's claimed that the assault resulted in head wounds, one of which required stitches.

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Al Green agreed to pay her $432, 800 in alimony and child support.

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Wills charged that Al Green beat her and shoved her through a glass door in his Memphis office after a dispute about how much back pay she was entitled to for her duties.

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In 1978, Al Green was charged with assault and battery for allegedly beating Lovie Smith unconscious with a tree limb.

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Al Green has been nominated for 21 Grammy Awards, winning 11, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Al Green was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 BET Awards on June 24, 2009.

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Al Green was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Al Green was recognized on December 7, 2014, as a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

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