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Blues & Soul Magazine Covers – 1971

On this day in music history: September 25, 1972 – “I’m Still In Love With You”, the fifth album by Al Green is released. Produced by Willie Mitchell and Al Green, it is recorded at Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, TN from February – July 1972. Catapulted into R&B superstar status with the classic single and album “Let’s Stay Together” in early 1972, singer Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell move swiftly to capitalize on that new found success. Rather than mining that album for more singles, Green and Mitchell throw themselves back into working on a follow up album. The first taste of the album in progress comes in March of 1972, with the newly recorded single “Look What You Done For Me” (#2 R&B, #4 Pop). The song quickly becomes another top five R&B and pop crossover smash as it peaks in the charts during the Spring. It’s then followed by “I’m Still In Love With You” (#1 R&B, #3 Pop), becoming Al Green’s second R&B chart topper and third top five pop hit. Along with original songs penned by Green and Mitchell, they fill out the album with a couple of well chosen covers. Al puts his magic vocal touch on classics like Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman”, and the Kris Kristofferson penned “For The Good Times”, a recent hit for country legend Ray Price. When the completed album is released in the Fall of 1972, it is another out of the box hit. Though it is not released as a single until 1977, the album track “Love And Happiness”, is an immediate stand out, and becomes one of Al Green’s signature songs. The deep cut “I’m Glad Your Mine” is later sampled by Eric B. & Rakim on their song “Mahogany in 1990. In time, "I’m Still In Love With You” is regarded as one of Al Green’s best albums, and is the biggest selling studio album of his career. Reissued numerous times on CD and vinyl over the years, it is most recently remastered and reissued by Fat Possum Records in 2009. Another limited edition vinyl reissue, pressed on mint green marbled vinyl is released as an exclusive by the subscription service Vinyl Me. Please in 2016. “I’m Still In Love With You” spends five weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number four on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: August 14, 1971 – “Al Green Gets Next To You”, the third album by Al Green is released. Produced by Willie Mitchell, it is recorded at Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, TN from Late 1970 – Early 1971. Signing with Hi Records in late 1968, Al Green releases his second album “Green Is Blues” in the Spring of 1969. With the single “You Say It” (#28 R&B) cracking the top 30 on the R&B chart in early 1970, his sophomore album is only a modest seller. Still firmly believing in Green’s talent, producer Willie Mitchell encourages the singer to find his own voice, rather than merely emulating the vocal styles of his idols James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Green takes Mitchell’s words to heart, developing his distinctive vocal phrasing and technique out of his gospel roots, combining with the soulful R&B sound coming out of Memphis, TN. The album is the breakthrough for the Arkansas born soul singer, setting him on the path to becoming a R&B and pop superstar. Featuring a combination of covers (“I Can’t Get Next To You”, “Light My Fire”, “Driving Wheel”, “God Is Standing By”) and original songs, it spin off three singles including his first major hit “Tired Of Being Alone” (#7 R&B, #11 Pop) which is the first of seven consecutive million selling singles for him. Originally released on CD in 1993 by EMI/Right Stuff, it is remastered and reissued in 2003. Out of print on vinyl since the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued by Fat Possum Records in 2012, pressed on green vinyl. “Al Green Gets Next To You” peaks at number fifteen on the Billboard R&B album chart and number fifty eight on the Top 200.

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On this day in music history: August 12, 1972 – “I’m Still In Love With You” by Al Green hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on September 2, 1972. Written by Al Green, Al Jackson, Jr. and Willie Mitchell, it is the second R&B chart topper for the legendary soul singer from Forrest City, AR. Singer Al Green along with drummer Al Jackson, Jr. and producer Willie Mitchell compose the song on a trip to Hot Springs, AR during a break in Green’s busy recording and touring schedule. Recorded at producer Mitchell’s “Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, TN, the track features the singers regular studio band including Al Jackson (drums), Mabon "Teenie” Hodges, Charles Hodges (guitars), Leroy Hodges (bass), and Howard Grimes (percussion). Released in June of 1972, right on the heels of Green’s third consecutive million seller “Look What You’ve Done For Me” (#2 R&B, #4 Pop), the single continues the singer’s hot streak of soulful hits, becoming his fourth million seller. Also the title track of his fifth album, it helps propel it past the million mark in sales. “I’m Still In Love With You” is also covered by Meli’sa Morgan, Al B. Sure!, and Seal. “I’m Still In Love With You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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JET magazine covers from 1972

On this day in music history: August 14, 1971 – “Al Green Gets Next To You”, the third album by Al Green is released. Produced by Willie Mitchell, it is recorded at Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, TN from Late 1970 – Early 1971. Signing with Hi Records in late 1968, Al Green releases his second album “Green Is Blues” in the Spring of 1969. With the single “You Say It” (#28 R&B) cracking the top 30 on the R&B chart in early 1970, his sophomore album is only a modest seller. Still firmly believing in Green’s talent, producer Willie Mitchell encourages the singer to find his own voice, rather than merely emulating the vocal styles of his idols James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Green takes Mitchell’s words to heart, developing his distinctive vocal phrasing and technique out of his gospel roots, combining with the soulful R&B sound coming out of Memphis, TN. The album is the breakthrough for the Arkansas born soul singer, setting him on the path to becoming a R&B and pop superstar. Featuring a combination of covers (“I Can’t Get Next To You”, “Light My Fire”, “Driving Wheel”, “God Is Standing By”) and original songs, it spin off three singles including his first major hit “Tired Of Being Alone” (#7 R&B, #11 Pop) which is the first of seven consecutive million selling singles for him. Originally released on CD in 1993 by EMI/Right Stuff, it is remastered and reissued in 2003. Out of print on vinyl since the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued by Fat Possum Records in 2012, pressed on green vinyl. “Al Green Gets Next To You” peaks at number fifteen on the Billboard R&B album chart and number fifty eight on the Top 200.

On this day in music history: August 12, 1972 – “I’m Still In Love With You” by Al Green hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on September 2, 1972. Written by Al Green, Al Jackson, Jr. and Willie Mitchell, it is the second R&B chart topper for the legendary soul singer from Forrest City, AR. Singer Al Green along with drummer Al Jackson, Jr. and producer Willie Mitchell compose the song on a trip to Hot Springs, AR during a break in Green’s busy recording and touring schedule. Recorded at producer Mitchell’s “Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, TN, the track features the singers regular studio band including Al Jackson (drums), Mabon "Teenie” Hodges, Charles Hodges (guitars), Leroy Hodges (bass), and Howard Grimes (percussion). Released in June of 1972, right on the heels of Green’s third consecutive million seller “Look What You’ve Done For Me” (#2 R&B, #4 Pop), the single continues the singer’s hot streak of soulful hits, becoming his fourth million seller. Also the title track of his fifth album, it helps propel it past the million mark in sales. “I’m Still In Love With You” is also covered by Meli’sa Morgan, Al B. Sure!, and Seal. “I’m Still In Love With You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Love And Happiness
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Happy Birthday Soul Man

On this day in music history: February 12, 1972 – “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 9 weeks on January 8, 1972. Written by Al Green, Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson, Jr., it is the first chart topper and biggest hit for the R&B legend from Forrest City, AR. From a devoutly religious family and raised in the Baptist church, Al Green grows up singing gospel music, though is also a huge fan of secular R&B (but also gospel influenced) singers like Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, and James Brown. Green meets producer Willie Mitchell in 1968, becoming the young singer’s mentor, and helping to find his own vocal style and personality rather than just imitating his musical heroes. By 1971, they begin to make major headway when the single “Tired Of Being Alone” (#7 R&B, #11 Pop) becomes Al Green’s first major hit. For his third album, Green and Mitchell collaborate with drummer Al Jackson (Booker T. & The MG’s), on what becomes “Let’s Stay Together”. Recorded at Mitchell’s Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, TN in the Fall of 1971, Green is initially not pleased with his vocal on the finished recording, not wanting it to be released. Mitchell convinces him otherwise, and is vindicated when it becomes an instant smash after its release in November of 1971. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on December 4, 1971, it will climb to the top of the chart ten weeks later. “Let’s Stay Together” becomes Al Green’s signature song, being covered by numerous artists including Billy Paul, Roberta Flack, Seal, and Tina Turner. Turner’s cover version (#3 R&B, #26 Pop) is catalyst for her huge comeback in 1984. Green’s original version is also featured in several films including “Munich”, “Jersey Girl” and “Pulp Fiction”. When Al Green’s first greatest hits album is released in 1975, it includes a longer version of “Let’s Stay Together”, running nearly five minutes compared to the original LP and single releases clocking in at 3:15. Al Green’s original version of “Let’s Stay Together” is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. The song is also selected for inclusion in the National Registry by The Library Of Congress in 2010, for its ongoing historic and cultural significance. When President Barack Obama performs a brief phrase of the song at a campaign fund raiser in January of 2012, digital download sales of Al Green’s recording increase by 490% the following week. This occurs after a YouTube video of the President goes viral on social media. “Let’s Stay Together” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.