Al Green Biography
Al Green is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is famously known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s. Some of his songs include “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”.
Greene was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was referred on the museum’s site, as being “one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music” He has also been referred to as “The Last of the Great Soul Singers”.
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.
Al Green Age
Al Green was born on April 13, 1946. He is 72 years old as of 2018.
Al Green Family
Albert Green (born Albert Leones Greene) was born on April 13, 1946, in Forrest City, Arkansas, to Cora Lee and Robert G. Greene, Jr., who was a sharecropper. Green performed with his brothers at the age of 10, in a group called the Greene Brothers.
The family later in the 1950s decided to relocate to Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is said that while Albert Green was a teenager, he was ones kicked out of the family home for listening to Jackie Wilson by his devoutly religious father.
Al Green Wife
On October 18, 1974, shortly after ‘Al Green Explores Your Mind’ was released, Green’s girlfriend, Mary Woodson White, attacked him before committing suicide at his Memphis home. Despite the fact that White was an already married lady, she became upset when Green refused to marry her. She let loose of her anger when she doused him with a pot of boiling grits (food made from corn that is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled) causing severe burns on Green’s back, stomach, and arms. She then went ahead taking his .38 handgun and killed herself. The police on investigating, they found a note inside White’s purse that declared her intentions and her reasons.
Al Green then met the love of his heart, Shirley Kyles and the couple married in 1977 but unfortunately, Shirley filed for divorce in 1978 and 1981. In the final divorce complaint, Shirley stated that Green had been subjecting her to domestic violence throughout their marriage. Green too accused her of “cruel and inhuman treatment” in a countercomplaint. She then testified and said that in the year 1978 while five months pregnant, Green beat her with a boot for refusing to have sex. The assault resulted in head wounds, one which required stitches. After the incident, she filed for divorce, but they reconciled. There before, Green denied beating his wife, but under oath, in 1982 he admitted to spousal abuse. Their divorce was terminated in February 1983.
Al Green has six children; two sons, Al Green, Jr., and Trevor; four daughters, Alva, Rubi, Kora (with Shirley Kyles), and Kala.
Al Green Concert
The legendary soul singer schedules his first concerts in over seven years:
- Thursday 25 April 2019
N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival 2019
Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans, LA, US
- Friday 26 April 2019
with The War and Treaty
Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX, US
- Tuesday 30 April 2019
with Tank and the Bangas
Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX, US
- Friday 03 May 2019
with The War and Treaty
Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, US
Al Green Career
Green has always wanted to venture himself into music. He had been trying to sing like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, Mitchell became his vocal mentor, coaching him into finding his own voice. Before releasing his first album with Hi, Green removed the final “e” from his name. Subsequently, he released Green Is Blues of 1969, which was a moderate success. His album, Al Green Gets Next to You of 1971, featured the hit R&B cover of the Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You”, recorded in a slow blues-oriented version, and it also featured his first significant hit, “Tired of Being Alone”, which sold a million copies and was certified gold, becoming the first of seven consecutive gold singles Green would record in the next couple of years.
After the incident with white, Green released his 1st gospel album, Lord Will Make a Way, which was released in 1980. He then co-starred with Patti LaBelle in the Broadway play, “Your Arms Too Short to Box with God” (1982). He Is the Light reunited Green with Willie Mitchell was released in 1985 while 2 years later, followed, Soul Survivor, featured the minor hit, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, which hit n.o 22 on the R&B chart, his first top 40 R&B hit since “I Feel Good” in 1978.
Al Green then returned to secular music in 1988 recording “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” with Annie Lennox. The song became Green’s first top 10 pop hit since 1974. The soundtrack was featured on the movie, Scrooged. He had a hit in 1989 with “The Message is Love” with producer Arthur Baker, and 2 years later, he recorded the theme song to the short-lived show Good Sports.
Green received his 9th Grammy award for his collaboration with Lyle Lovett for their duet of “Funny How Time Slips Away”.
Al Green produced many soundtracks, over the past years, but 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, was produced by Matt Ross-Spang and is part of Amazon Music’s new “Produced By” series.
Al Green Discography
- Back Up Train (1967)
- Green Is Blues (1969)
- Al Green Gets Next to You (1971)
- Let’s Stay Together (1972)
- I’m Still in Love with You (1972)
- Call Me (1973)
- Livin’ for You (1973)
- Al Green Explores Your Mind (1974)
- Al Green Is Love (1975)
- Full of Fire (1976)
- Have a Good Time (1976)
- The Belle Album (1977)
- Truth n’ Time (1978)
- Lord Will Make a Way (1980)
- Higher Plane (1982)
- Precious Lord (1982)
- I’ll Rise Again (1983)
- The Christmas Album (1983)
- Trust in God (1984)
- He Is the Light (1985)
- Soul Survivor (1987)
- I Get Joy (1989)
- From My Soul (1990)
- Love Is Reality (1992)
- Don’t Look Back (1993)
- Your Heart’s in Good Hands (1995)
- I Can’t Stop (2003)
- Everything’s OK (2005)
- Lay It Down (2008)
Al Green Net Worth
Al Green has an estimated net worth of $20 million.