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Al Green

Al Green is the most popular and influential Southern soul singer of the ’70s, best known for mixing sacred and secular music in the time-honored tradition of his predecessors Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Green firmly established his smooth, stylish sexuality with “Tired of Being Alone,” which paved the way for his chart-topping hit, “Let’s Stay Together.”

In the ’80s, at the peak of his popularity and commercial success, Green was born again, converting to Christianity and eventually becoming an ordained pastor of his own church in Memphis, Tennessee. Only a few years later, he sacrificed his pop and soul career entirely, dedicating himself exclusively to gospel music.

By the mid-’90s, Green emerged from spiritual seclusion to revisit the music that initially brought him acclaim—touring, recording new material and contributing his seductive sophistication to duets with Annie Lennox, Lyle Lovett and John Legend. Green is a 14-time Grammy recipient, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and in 2014 he received Kennedy Center Honors.

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