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.
Al Green Facts
|Birthday||April 13, 1946 (71)|
|Birthplace||Forrest City, Arkansas, USA|
|Beverly Hills Cop III|
|Hustle & Flow|
|Tomorrow Never Dies|
|Halloween III: Season of the Witch|
|Carlito's Way: Rise to Power|
|Racing With The Moon|
|On The Line|