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Al Green

1946

Albert Greene, better known as soul singer Al Green, is born in Forrest City, Arkansas.

1967

“Back Up Train,” by Al Greene and the Soul Mates, enters the R&B singles charts. Later, the vocalist will drop the ‘e’ from his surname.

1972

“Let’s Stay Together,” by Al Green, dislodges Don McLean’s “American Pie” from it’s month-long reign at #1.

1972

“I’m Still in Love With You” (#1 R&B, #3 pop) becomes Al Green’s second biggest hit.

1973

‘Call Me,’ the quintessential Al Green album, is released. It yields three hits

1974

A distraught girlfriend hurls a pot of boiling water at Al Green, causing second-degree burns, and then takes her own life.

1976

Al Green becomes the Rev. Al Green with his acquisition of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Memphis.

1977

Al Green releases ‘The Belle Album,’ formally marking his move from soul to gospel.

1982

Al Green wins his first Grammy, in the Best Traditional Soul Gospel Performance category, for the album ‘The Lord Will Make a Way.’

1986

Al Green’s first album for A&M Records, ‘Going Away,’ marks his reunion with longtime producer Willie Mitchell.

1988

Al Green makes the Top 40 for the first time in over a decade with “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” a duet with Annie Lennox.

1995

Al Green is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the tenth annual induction dinner. Natalie Cole is his presenter.