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Albert Leornes Greene (aka Al Green) was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on April 13, 1946.
In the early 1970s, he became famous for a string of soul hit songs, including “Take Me to the River,” “Tired of Being Alone,” “I’m Still in Love with You,” “Love and Happiness,” and his hallmark tune, “Let’s Stay Together.” Green became an ordained preacher and began singing gospel music after his fiancée committed suicide. Later in his career, he transitioned back to making secular music.
In 1995, he became a legendary inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
On the museum’s website, he was described as “one of the most brilliant providers of soul music.” “The Last of the Great Soul Singers,” is what Green has also been dubbed. Green has 11 Grammy Awards to his name, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s also a Kennedy Center Honors winner and has earned the BMI Icon Award. He was named one of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
He was named No. 65 on that list, as well as No. 14 on the magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers.