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Al Green-A Soul Man

Updated on January 20, 2010

Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 1995. In doing so they referred to him as “One of the most gifted purveyors of soul music.”

In 2005 the Rolling Stone magazine named him number 65 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

Al Green is a Grammy winning gospel and soul singer.

Al Green was born Albert Greene on April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was the sixth out ten children born to be born to Robert and Cora Greene. This son of a sharecropper would start singing at the age of ten in a quartet known as the Greene Brothers. They toured the South in the mid-1950s until the Greenes moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. He performed with the Greene Brothers until his father kicked him out for listening to Jackie Wilson.

Al Green formed the Al Greene & the Creations while in high-school. This became the Al Greene and the Soul Mates. The band had an R&B hit called “Back Up Train” in 1967.

Al Greene would drop the e from the end of his name as he became a solo artist. In 1969 a bandleader named Willie Mitchell hired Green as a vocalist for a Texas show and then hired him to the label Memphis' Hi Records. Al Green had been trying to sing like his heroes Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sam Cooke. Mitchell encouraged Al Green to find his own unique voice, coached him, and predicted stardom for the young Green.

Green Is Blues

Green’s debut album, Green is Blues, was a moderate success. His next album in 1970 was a smash that included four gold singles. Green was developing his vocal and songwriting talents.

In 1972 “Let's Stay Together” was even bigger, as was “I'm Still In Love With You”. “Call Me” was an extraordinary success and just as popular as it was at the time; it is one of his most fondly remembered albums today. In 1974 “Al Green Explores Your Mind” contained his own song "Take Me to the River" which was made a hit by Syl Johnson and then the Talking Heads.

Al Green’s girlfriend committed suicide and he considered this to be his wake up call to change his life. He became an ordained minister. In 1979 while performing on stage he was injured and considered this to be a message from God. He turned his efforts to his church and gospel music.

How could I not love Al Green’s music?

It’s just “Simply Beautiful”.

It’s full of “Love And Happiness”.

It beckons you to ask "Have You Been Making Out O.K.?"

It compels me to “Stand Up”

And say “You Ought To Be With Me”.

But you know “I Can’t Get Next To You”.

And sometimes “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

Because “Your Love Is Like The Morning Sun”.

And “I’m Still In Love With You”.

So “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?”

You know it’s "Funny How Time Slips Away."

And I’m so “Tired Of Being Alone.”

So "Here I Am -Come and Take Me."

Oh please, “Sha La La-Make Me Happy.”

I’m “Livin’ For You”.

“Look What You Done For Me!”

I’m “Full Of Fire.”

So don’t “Keep Me Crying.”

“Let’s Get Married,”

“For The Good Times”.

“Call Me.”

If all else fails, “Take Me To The River”,

Because “Jesus Is Calling”.

I guess I like Al Green because like the name of his 1975 album,

“Al Green Is Love”!

He’s an “Unchained Melody”.

He'll "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" too.

Let's Stay Together

Let’s Stay Together

I, I’m so in love with you,

Whatever you want to do

Is alright with me.

Cause you make me feel so brand new.

I want to spend my life with you.

Let me say that since, Baby,

Since we’ve been together,

Loving you forever

Is what I need.

Let me be the one you come running to.

I’ll never be untrue. Ooh baby

Let’s, let’s stay together

Loving you whether, whether,

Times are good are bad, happy or sad.

Whether, things are good are bad, happy or sad.

Why, somebody, why do people break up,

Oh, turn around and make up.

I just can’t see.

You’d never do that to me.

Would you baby?

Just being around you is all I need.

Here’s what I want to,

Let’s, we ought to stay together

Loving you whether, whether,

Times are good are bad, happy or sad.

Come on, let’s, let’s stay together

Loving you whether, whether,

Times are good are bad, happy or sad.

For The Good Times

For The Good Times

Don't look so sad I know its over
But life goes on and this world keeps on turning
Let's just be glad we have this time to spend together
There is no need to watch the bridges that were burning

Lay your head on my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops
Blow softly against my window pane late at night

Make believe you love me one more time
For the good times
For the good times
I'll get along I'm sure you'll find another
But baby please remember I'll be here
I'm gone stay right here if you should ever find that you need me
Don't say a word about tomorrow forever and ever and ever
There will be time enough for severence when you need me

How Time Slips Away

Al sings Willie Nelson's "How Time Slips Away"

Well hello there
My, it's been a long long time
How am I doin'
Oh well, I guess I'm doin' fine
It's been so long now and it seems that
It was only yesterday
Ain't it funny how time slips away

How's your new love
I hope that he's doin' fine
Heard you told him, yes baby
That you'd love him till the end of time
Well you know, that's the same thing
That you told me
Well, it seems like just the other day
Ain't it funny how time slips away

Gotta go now
Guess I'll see you hanging round
Don't know when though
Never know when I'll be back in town
But I remember what I told you
That in time you're gonna pay

Well ain't it surprisin' how time slips away
Yeah, ain't it surprisin' how time slips away

Love God And Everyone Else

Now ain't it a shame all the tears that people cry?
We ain't got it right in all of these years.
There must be a way to live a better life
And break all of these chains and get out of here.

You've got to love God, you've got to love yourself,
You've got to love your brother, and everybody else.
You've got to walk that walk, you can't just talk that talk.
You've got to love God, and everybody else.

Heard some people say that all we need is love.
It sounds so simple but it's true.
Well maybe today it'll rain down love from above
And wash us clean and make us new.

But you've got to love God, you've got to love yourself,
You've got to love your brother, and everybody else.
You've got to walk that walk, you can't just talk that talk.
You've got to love God, and everybody else.

Al Green is a Soul Man with a conscience and love for God.


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      7 years ago

      For vinyls on "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green visit

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Oh Peggy. Those were great videos, of course. Thank you for the heads up. I'll try to do some maintenance tomorrow. God bless you dear Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such a melodic and soulful voice! Nice to hear about the background of Al Green. BTW...the last 2 videos no longer work. Maybe you can find others to insert? Thanks Micky. Enjoyed this!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Yo FaithDream! Those are some great memories. Great artist that Al Green! God bless!

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      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Love Al Green. Thanks for sharing these, it takes me back. Sha-la-la-la

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Oh you know it vocalcoach! He is so wonderful! He's definitely one of my top favorites. God bless dear vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      After a challenging day, I sat down at my puter and said to myself "Self - it's time to read a Micky Dee hub". I have always been an Al Green fan, but haven't heard him in a long time. So when I came across your hub on Mr. Green I sat back and began reading. To learn that his father was a share cropper and that Al was one of ten kids really interested me. Then I played the video of "Let's Stay Together" and I became putty. My tough day ended with me feeling ohhhhhhhhh so gooooooood!

      This man's voice just wraps ribbons around me. Thank you, marvelous Micky!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      God bless you drpastorcarlotta and adrienne2! God bless you for loving Al Green!

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      Adrienne F Manson 

      8 years ago from Atlanta

      Love him! love him! love him! Love Al Green, and you have did an outstanding job writing this hub on Al Green, voted up!!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT, Wonderful Hub on Al Green!! I love him! You did a beautiful job and I am voting this Hub up! YES!!

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Turkey Man Epigramman! You Sir are a great writer! I of course -WANT to follow your work! Thank you Brother Man!!! Now- let's listen to Brother Al Green!- The GREAT Al Green!


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      8 years ago

      in reference to your comments on my work: god bless you and your sense of humor.

      1. I always say the GREAT Al Green

      2. now I will always say the GREAT Micky Dee

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hi Coolman! It's good to see you and thanks for commenting. I always felt that you could snuggle to Al Green. I can't remember how to snuggle but I believe it was fun. Thank you Dear!

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      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      I grew up listening to this artist. I like your selection of music and videos. Well written, and I like your selection of pictures too.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Mrcoopr. You are so fresh and talented. I'm glad to follow you. I can't wait for the next "installment".

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      8 years ago

      Micky Dee man, you seem to know all your music man. I'm a Al Green fan as well and he's my favorite singer ever. No matter if you ever sing or hear a record from this gifted brother, it still sound fresh and good. Same with Bill Withers. Good Hub!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your supportive words Tim-Tim.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Nice hub! I am sure Al Green's music is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Annie4. It was very pleasurable doing it. It may have been the easiest because of the beauty of the music and the man.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Island voice. He certainly is a treasure.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Tony- well said!

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      8 years ago

      I've always loved Al Green. So nice that you did this tribute to him. Great memories!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Al Green's music is fabulous! I just love his songs!!!

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      8 years ago from san diego calif

      Micky I have nothing originall to say here except you can count me among the many Al Green fans who have already posted here ! Good Hub

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You know! Thanks for the comment!

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      8 years ago

      He certainly did make some temendous music!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Bookpod for loving Al Green. The response to this hub has been great -but you know it's all Al Green. Al Green is somebody to be overwhelmed about. He'll "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"!

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      8 years ago from NYC

      How did this man ever learn to sing like this? I've been loving him for a long time. Thanks for this hub.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Pmccray for stopping by and adding all those adjectives. It is so hard to give that man the proper descriptions. Thank you very much for loving Al Green. I know you just can't help yourself.

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Micky Dee - you are so right on. Al Green has the most melodic, soulful beautiful voice. All of his music is so unique. Thanks for the great hub tribute, I really enjoyed this trip down memory lane.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Yenajeon for stopping by and loving Al Green. He's just a super guy! Thanks

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      Yena Williams 

      8 years ago from California

      Hey Micky. I love Al Green! 'Beautiful' is the best song every recorded especially him singing it on acoustic guitar.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey Prettydarkhorse. Isn't he amazing? Thanks for stopping by. Be safe out there.

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      8 years ago from US

      heard it in YouTUBE and I am amazed by his voice, Thanks Micky for introducing this man and you did a good job in featuring a man who is into soul singing too,

      HMMM< Lets Stay together, nice, very nice, TC, Maita

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Lisa Luv, your words are so sweet. I was visiting Al here as you were posting your comment. I've found that an added bonus from writing about someone you love is that you know where "they are" so that you can reach out and "be touched by them".

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      Lisa J Warner AKA Lisa Luv 

      8 years ago from Conneticut, USA

      Micky Dee---Wow he is one of my favorites especially his song the snake--I use to have a mean dance to go with that one. Micky Dee I want to take this time to thank you extra for being so supportive at my first try at writing an easy reader book---Thank You Dear---Now I am going to enjoy the music more...Thank You for writing such a delightful article on such an amazing subject~~~BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOURS! Lisa

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      You have such fantastic taste! That video is tremendous. Al Green is just Al "Wow" Green!

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I saw this on your profile page and clicked on it...Yippeeeeeeeee my all time favorite song from Al Greene is "Let’s Stay Together!"

      Can you imagine my happiness when I saw the video was there!! I have been sitting here in my p.j's at my desk rocking out to this...ahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa thanks!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Check out Al's performance at the Apollo. It is electrifying. I linked the video here. Teddy Pendergrass, yes! Great artists. I wanted to do something about Al Green. His music rolls through my head all the time. Some of his songs I can repeat from memory.

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      8 years ago

      i love Al Green and i am just listening to my favourite track..... iiiiiii am so in love with you, whatever you want to do is all i need.... lost it a bit though, and it is a bit speeded up....... this was the first album i bought the memories the memories. Did you know Teddy Pend. has just died, i love his songs

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s you are so good and kind. Don't let me bump heads with you. I may go country & western or folk next. Thank you for stopping by. Get that hub up and I'll be there.

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      8 years ago

      ahhh, love Al Green!! my goodness, everyone is taking all these love songs from my next hub poem!! :D Thank you, Micky!! He Rocks, and inspires deep rivers to flow on cold nights..!


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