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Al Green

Albert Greene (born April 13, 1946), better known as Al Green, is an American gospel and soul music singer who received great acclaim in the 1970s, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the 2008 BET Awards Green was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, for all the work he has done throughout his career.

Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was the sixth of ten children born to Robert and Cora Greene. The son of a sharecropper, he started performing at age ten in a Forrest City quartet called the Greene Brothers; he dropped the final "e" from his last name years later as a solo artist. They toured extensively in the mid-1950s in the South until the Greenes moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, when they began to tour around Michigan. His father kicked him out of the group because he caught Green listening to Jackie Wilson.

Green formed a group called Al Greene & the Creations in high school. Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, two members of the Creations, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. In 1967, under the new name Al Greene & the Soul Mates, the band recorded "Back Up Train" and released it on Hot Line Music; the song was an R&B chart hit. The Soul Mates' subsequent singles did not sell as well. Al Greene's debut LP was released on Hot Line in 1967 called "Back Up Train". The album was upbeat and soulful but didn't do well in sales. This was the only album on the Hot Line label. Green came into contact with band leader Willie Mitchell of Memphis' Hi Records in 1969, when Mitchell hired him as a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchell's band and then asked him to sign with the label.

Mitchell predicted stardom for Green, coaching him to find his own, unique voice at a time when Green had previously been trying to sing like his heroes Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sam Cooke. Green's debut album with Hi Records was Green Is Blues, a slow, horn-driven album that allowed Green to show off his powerful and expressive voice, with Mitchell arranging, engineering and producing. The album was a moderate success. The next LP, Al Green Gets Next to You (1970), was a massive success that included four gold singles as Green developed his vocal and songwriting talents. Let's Stay Together (1972) was an even bigger success, as was I'm Still In Love With You (1972). Call Me was a critical sensation and just as popular at the time; it is one of his most fondly remembered albums today. Al Green Explores Your Mind (1974) contained the song "Take Me to the River", later covered by Talking Heads on their second album.

Green cited the incident as a wake-up call to change his life.He became an ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis in 1976. Continuing to record R&B, Green saw his sales start to slip and drew mixed reviews from critics.1977's The Belle Album was critically acclaimed but did not regain his former mass audience. In 1979, Green was injured while performing, and interpreted this accident as a message from God. He then concentrated his energies towards pastoring his church and gospel singing, also appearing in 1982 with Patti Labelle in the Broadway musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. His first gospel album was The Lord Will Make a Way. From 1981 to 1989 Green recorded a series of gospel recordings, garnering eight "soul gospel performance" Grammys in that period. In 1984, director Robert Mugge released a documentary film, Gospel According to Al Green, including interviews about his life and footage from his church.

After spending several years exclusively performing gospel, Green began to return to R&B. First, he released a duet with Annie Lennox, "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" for Scrooged, a 1988 Bill Murray film. In 1989 Green worked with producer Arthur Baker writing and producing the international hit "The Message Is Love". In 1991 he created the introductory theme song for the short-lived television series Good Sports featuring Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett. In 1992, Green recorded again with Baker, The Fine Young Cannibals, and reunited with his former Memphis mix engineer (this time functioning as producer) Terry Manning, to release the album "Don't Look Back". His 1994 duet with country music singer Lyle Lovett blended country with R&B, garnering him his ninth Grammy, this time in a pop music category. Green's first secular album in some time was Your Heart's In Good Hands (1995), released to positive reviews but disappointing sales, the same year Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2000, Green published Take Me to the River, a book discussing his career. Green received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

By 2003 Green released a non-religious (secular) album entitled I Can't Stop, his first collaboration with Willie Mitchell since 1985's He is the Light. In March 2005 he issued Everything's OK as the follow up to I Can't Stop. Green also collaborated with Mitchell on this secular CD.

In 2004, Green sang a duet, Simply Beautiful, with Queen Latifah on her The Dana Owens Album. In 2006, Green worked on his latest studio album for Blue Note Records with The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. The album, Lay It Down, was released May 27, 2008 and includes tracks featuring John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and Anthony Hamilton. Green said in an interview that he would have liked to duet with Marvin Gaye: "In those days, people didn't sing together like they do now," he said.

In 2009, Al Green, along with Heather Headley, released a version of the song People Get Ready on the compilation album Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.

In 2004, Green was inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #65 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.. He was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 BET Awards on June 24, 2008.

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Al Green Gets Next to You

Al Green Gets Next to You cover

Al Green Gets Next to You is an album by Al Green, released in 1971.

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The Christmas Album (Al Green album)

The Christmas Album cover

The Christmas Album is a Christmas album by Al Green released in 1983.

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Al Green's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2

Al Green's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 cover

Al Green's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 is the second Al Green best of compilation from his 'golden era' of the early to mid-70s. Released in 1977. This set is currently out of print, and has been supplanted by More Greatest Hits and the Take Me to the River compilation.

Track listing of original LP.

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Lay It Down (Al Green album)

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Lay It Down is an album by soul singer Al Green, released May 27, 2008 on Blue Note Records. The album was produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the The Roots and James Poyser. Four tracks feature guest artists, two with Anthony Hamilton, and one each with John Legend and Corinne Bailey Rae.. Lay It Down is Green's first Top 10 Album since 1973, and, according to Metacritic, has received universal acclaim from several music publications.

Lay It Down has received much critical acclaim by media outlets such as Blender, Entertainment Weekly, and Allmusic, to name a few. The album is credited for bringing in younger producers and giving Green a more youthful sound. Allmusic commented that "...when you put that amazing soul-drenched voice in the hands of hip-hop producers Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots and James Poyser, and add a slew of superstar guests? Answer: a killer Al Green soul album". Blender also commented that "he’s created a natural­-­sounding album with occasional horns and strings, taking cues directly from Green’s best old records". It has also scored a rating of 81/100 from Metacritic, based twenty-two critical reviews, indicating universal acclaim. The song "Lay It Down" was number 15 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.

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Soul Survivor (Al Green album)

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Soul Survivor is a gospel album by Al Green released in 1987.

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White Christmas (Al Green album)

White Christmas cover

White Christmas is a holiday music album by Al Green released in 1986. The album is a follow up to Green's 1983 release The Christmas Album.

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Al Green (Texas)

Al Green (Texas)

Alexander N. "Al" Green (September 1, 1947) is the U.S. Representative from Texas' 9th congressional district (map).

Green was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended FAMU and transferred to Tuskegee University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree. He later went on to receive his Juris Doctor in 1974 from Texas Southern University. Green was later elected as Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas in the Precinct 7, Place Two position prior to running for the U.S. Congress. He held this Justice of Peace position for 26 years.

Green is a former trial lawyer. After college, he co-founded the firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. He also served as president of the Houston NAACP, and during his term as the organization's leader, membership increased sevenfold. While serving as NAACP leader, he focused on increasing minority hiring in Texas and formed alliances with Hispanic groups.

Green defeated Congressman Chris Bell, a perceived rising star in the party, in the 2006 Democratic primary. Redistricting, which threw many white urban Democrats from Bell's district in with a Republican-dominated suburban precinct and combined Bell's district with a majority black area, later triggered ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Green is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.

Green won the Democratic primary for District 9 in Houston on March 9, 2004, a district that is largely Democratic with 37 percent of its population African American and 31 percent Hispanic. He was later victorious over Republican Arlette Molina.

While in Congress, Green has focused on issues similar to those that he worked for while with the NAACP. Fair housing and hiring practices for the poor and minorities are some of his greatest concerns.

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Al Green (wrestler)

Al Green is a professional wrestler who has performed in North America, Europe and Japan under a variety of gimmicks the most well known being "Rage" (One half of the team The Wrecking Crew with Fury), Blade one half of the Master Blasters with Steel and the Dog in World Championship Wrestling at the turn of the millennium.

Green was trained for a professional wrestling career by Steve Keirn, making his debut in 1990. Green's first role was as a replacement partner for Kevin Nash in "The Master Blasters". Green was known as "Blade" and worked for World Championship Wrestling in September and October 1990. After leaving WCW Green competed for Florida Championship Wrestling as one half of the tag team The Bounty Hunters, first known as "Bounty Hunter #1" later on as "The Bounty Hunter. The Bounty Hunters won the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship in November, but when one of the Bounty Hunters was injured The Terminator stepped in and teamed up with Green to defend the tag team titles. The team held the gold until the Nasty Boys beat them on a card in Nassau, Bahamas on January 6, 1990.

While the team with The Terminator was a makeshift team at first, but they began teaming regularly first under the name The Terminators then later on as The Wrecking Crew where Mike became known as Fury and Al was renamed “Rage”. The team competed for the International Wrestling Federation based in Florida showing themselves to be a force in the tag team division. On May 28, 1992 the duo beat IWF Tag Team Champions The Long Riders (Brett Colt and Kip Winchester).

By late 1992 the Wrecking Crew got signed by World Championship Wrestling, making their debut in January 1993. Shortly after their debut the Wrecking Crew got national exposure by competing at Clash of the Champions XXII on January 13 where they defeated Tom Zenk and Johnny Gunn.

After their success at the clash the team rode on a wave of success defeating Gunn and Zenk repeatedly, as well as looking impressive against temporary teams such as 2 Cold Scorpio and Johnny B. Badd, and Marcus Bagwell and Joey Maggs.

By March the team was contesting a series of matches with future WCW World Tag Team Champions 2 Cold Scorpio and Marcus Alexander Bagwell as well as feuding with the identical twin duo known as The Cole Twins (Keith and Kent Cole). The feud with the Cole Twins was soon expanded to also include Bagwell and Scorpio as well as Tex Slazenger and Shanghai Pierce. As the feud wore on the Cole Twins got the upper hand in the feud over the two big men. The Wrecking Crew also faced Cactus Jack and The Barbarian in a series of house show matches.

As Summer turned to fall the Wrecking Crew’s time with WCW ended, returning to the independent scene. In 1994 the Wrecking Crew traveled to Europe to work for Otto Wanz’ Catch Wrestling Association. On July 24 they defeated David Finlay and John Hawk in the finals of a tournament to crown new CWA Tag Team Champions after Larry Cameron had died during a match. Fury and Rage held the belts for only 3 weeks before being unseated by CWA regulars August Smisl and Ulf Herman in Vienna, Austria.

In 1995 the Wrecking Crew tourned with All Japan Pro Wrestling over the summer being put over young teams like Kentaro Shiga and Mannukea Mossman. The highlight of their summer tour was a clash with multiple time AJPW All Asia Tag Team Champions Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat which the Wrecking Crew lost.

Green performed in WCW during the late 1990s, mainly on low level programs like WCW Saturday Night. In 2000, he was repackaged as The Dog when he formed a hardcore tag team managed by Fit Finlay with former Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs. Green's mannerisms in this gimmick were those of a stereotypical attack dog and would have habits not unlike dogs, including drinking from the toilet. He was a last minute replacement in their group for Sabu, who couldn't start for WCW due to contract issues. Upon the acquisition of WCW by the World Wrestling Federation in early 2001, Green's contract was one of the assets not taken.

Al Green's most recent television appearances have been as a guest on the reality show Hogan Knows Best and Brooke Knows Best on VH1.

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