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Overview (4)

Born in Forrest City, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameAlbert Greene
Nickname The Bishop of the Full Gospel Tabernacle
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Al Green was born on April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas, USA as Albert Greene. He was previously married to Shirley Kyles.

Spouse (1)

Shirley Kyles (17 June 1977 - 1983) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (10)

His recording of 'Let's Stay Together' (Hi 2202) was the biggest R&B hit of the 1970's, spending nine weeks at #1 on Billboard. The song also topped Billboard's 'Hot 100' pop charts in 1972.
While he was showering in his Memphis home in October 1974, his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling grits over him and proceeded to turn a gun on herself. Green himself was hospitalized with second-degree burns.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1983 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God."
In the second half of the 1950s, he and his three brothers formed a gospel vocal quartet called the "Greene Brothers". Al's father dismissed him from the group in 1960 after catching him listening to what he called the "profane music" of Jackie Wilson.
During a 1979 concert in Cincinnati, fell off the stage and narrowly escaped serious injury. Considering the incident a warning from God, he has devoted himself to the ministry since.
He was voted the 65th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
First British top ten hit was "Tired of Being Alone" (1971).
A recipient of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients this year were Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, and Lily Tomlin.

Personal Quotes (2)

I know why I wrote those songs. I was a fornicator, an adulterer. The celestial will not mix with the terrestrial.
Elvis had an influence on everybody with his musical approach. He broke the ice for all of us.

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