Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to Al Green, purveyor of much smooth soul music over the years, including this classic - Let's Stay Together, which was later covered with much success by Tina Turner. While a horrifying incident in October 1974* caused him to become essentially born-again - effectively halting his recording career - he emerged from semi-retirement** in 1988, and in 1995 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
*After refusing to marry his girlfriend, Mary Woodson White - who, it must be stated, was herself already married - she poured a pan of hot grits on him, giving Green third-degree burns on his back, stomach, and arms. She then proceeded to commit suicide in his home.
**During which time he'd served as pastor at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis and recorded mainly gospel music.
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