Al Green

Al Green

The Reverend Al

Founded

April 13, 1946, in Forrest City, AR

Full Name

Albert Leornes Greene

Date of Birth

April 13, 1946, in Forrest City, AR

Still Alive

Date of Death

Influenced By

Gospel, rhythm & blues, Mahalia Jackson, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Elvis Presley

Later Influenced

Prince, neo soul, D'Angelo, Maxwell, John Legend, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard

Al Green onstage c. 1973.
Al Green onstage c. 1973.

About The artist

"Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings."
Stephen Thomas Erlewine for Allmusic.com

Did you know...

Al Green became an ordained minister in 1976 and bought the Full Gospel Tabernacle church in Memphis, Tennessee where still currently preaches.

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