"The Reverend" "Albert Greene" (popularly known as "''Al Green"'', b. April 13, 1946) is an American gospel and soul music singer who enjoyed great popularity in the early and mid 1970s.
Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas. The son of a sharecropper, he started out at age nine in a Forrest City quartet called the "Greene Brothers"; he dropped the final "e" from his last name years later as a solo artist. They toured extensively in the mid-1950s in the South until the Greenes moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, when they began to tour around Michigan. He was kicked out of the group by his father because he was caught listening to Jackie Wilson.
Green formed a group called "Al Greene & the Creations" in high school. Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, two members of the Creations, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. The band, now known as "the Soul Mates", recorded "Back Up Train" and released it on Hot Line Music; the song was an R&B chart hit. The Soul Mates' subsequent singles did not sell as well. Green came into contact with bandleader Willie Mitchell of Memphis' Hi Records in 1969, when Mitchell had hired him as a vocalist for ...
|music genre||R&B, Gospel, Soul music|