During the 70’s, Al Green was
the most successful R&B singer. He recorded eight albums throughout the
70’s, which sold 20 million copies worldwide.
He recorded such standards
as ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ which he wrote in five minutes during a break
from recording. He also recorded such hits as ‘I’m Still In Love With
You,’ and ‘Love & Happiness.’
While Green was trying to get
his career off the ground, he once shacked up with an over the hill prostitute
and while visiting a woman in prison, he met Mary Woodson who has been described
as his girlfriend.
In October of 1974, Green
was riding in a car with two women; everyone was having a good time until one
of the passengers-Mary Woodson fell silent without explanation. By the
time Green pulled up to his home, Woodson refused to respond to any of his questions,
after they entered the house, they had a big argument, Woodson stormed out of
the room and went into the kitchen while Green decided to take a bath.
Woodson burst in on the singer
while he was taking a bath and poured hot boiling grits on his back, causing
second and third degree burns. She then shot herself dead.
Green was deeply shaken by
the incident and vowed to devote more time to God.
At age 29, at the peak of
his career, Green abandoned his career and converted to Christianity.
At his church in Memphis, TN.,
Green keeps one seat vacant in memory of Mary Woodson.
Green did a duet (Simply
Beautiful) with Queen Latifah on the ‘Dana Owens’ album
and he released an album of R&B tunes co-produced with longtime collaborator
Willie Mitchell, titled “I Can’t Stop,’ and he was inducted into the
‘Rock & Roll’ Hall Of Fame in 1995.
Click the following link to watch Al Green perform, "Let's Stay Together." Al Green Live!