The son of a sharecropper, Albert Greene was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on April 3, 1946.
Performing at an early age he was inspired by James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke until Willie Mitchell of Memphis’ Hi Records persuaded him to find his own unique style as Al Green.
After limited success as an R&B singer, his “Tired Of Being Alone” gave him his first big pop hit in 1971 and “Let’s Stay Together” a #1 chart topper in that same year. “Look What You Done For Me,” “I’m Still In Love With You” and “You Ought to Be With Me” each added more gold in 1972. “Call Me” and “Here I Am” were million sellers in 1973 and “Sha-La-La, Make Me Happy” repeated in 1974.
Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and among his numerous Grammy awards, a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002. He was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2011.
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