Al Green
Al Green
Genre: Jazz/Blues

If you were to ask most American musicians whether they have been influenced by the songs of Al Green, you would be amazed by the consensus. Al Green is still a musical presence in songs ranging from rap and R’n’B to pop and rock.

Al Green’s career began at the age of 9, when he joined a gospel quartet, The Green Brothers, travelling with them across the south of the USA. At 16, he formed a rhythm and blues band, Al Greene & The Creations (later Al Greene & The Soul Mates), which he left after releasing the hit ‘Back Up Train’ to launch a solo career. In 1969, he met producer Willie Mitchell, with whom he made his greatest albums, including Green Is Blues (1970), Let’s Stay Together (1972) and Gets Next To You (1971). The album Let’s Stay Together represents the peak of the Mitchell-Green collaboration, with songs such as ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’, the bluesy ‘It Ain't No Fun to Me’ and ‘I Never Found a Girl’. At the height of his popularity, an ex-girlfriend broke into his home and threw a bowl of boiling water over him, inflicting second-degree burns, before shooting herself. Al Green saw this as a sign that he should enter the church. In 1976, he was ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle, a Pentecostal (a branch of Protestantism). After this he ended his collaboration with Mitchell, launching his own record label.

Al Green is still a true institution, particularly in the US, on a par with James Brown or Stevie Wonder. He is a live and kicking musical legend, as demonstrated by his last, Grammy-winning album, Lay It Down, released in May 2008.

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Al Green
L'Olympia, Paris
July 10, 2005
Al Green
Jazz à Vienne, Vienne
July 7, 2007
Al Green
Le Grand Rex, Paris
July 9, 2007
Al Green
L'Olympia, Paris
July 9, 2010
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