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On this day in music history: August 14, 1971 …

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 …

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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twixnmix: JET magazine covers from 1972

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JET magazine covers from 1972

On this day in music history: August 14, 1971 …

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 …

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 https://youtu.be/sCXEtvbJkk…

Love And Happiness
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Happy Birthday Soul Man

Happy Birthday Soul Man

On this day in music history: February 12, 197…

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.

On this day in music history: January 31, 1972…

On this day in music history: January 31, 1972 – “Let’s Stay Together”, the fourth album by Al Green is released. Produced by Willie Mitchell, it is recorded at Royal Recording Studios in Memphis, TN in Mid – Late 1971. The album firmly establishes Green’s reputation with the public as one of the pre-eminent soul singers of the era, marking the beginning of his hit making streak that lasts well into the mid 70’s. It spins off the classic title track (#1 R&B for 9 weeks, #1 Pop for 1 week) released in October of 1971. A cover version of the Bee Gees then recent hit “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” also receive significant airplay. Originally released on CD in the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 1993, 2003 and 2009. The title is also reissued on vinyl three times, in 1995, 2006 and in 2013, with the 1995 and 2013 releases pressed on different shades of green vinyl. “Let’s Stay Together” spends ten weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number eight on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

twixnmix: Michael Jackson and Al Green at the …

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Michael Jackson and Al Green at the 1975 American Music Awards.