Al Green: The gifted purveyor of soul music

The song “Let’s Stay Together” by the American singer Al Green is another of the truly great timeless pieces of music that you can hear at Lovesongs247.

 It was taken from his 1972 album of the same name and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 16 weeks and also topped Billboard’s R&B chart for nine weeks. The same chart ranked it as the number 11 song for 1972. It’s one of those enduring songs delivered by a maestro regarded as one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music. No surprise then that it’s ranked the sixtieth greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2010 it was selected by the American Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry which selects songs each year that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
In 2012 US President Barack Obama performed a brief phrase of the song during a fund raising event in New York that included a performance from Green. In the week following sales of his “Let’s Stay Together” increased by 490%!

Al Green, often known as The Reverend Al Green, is noted for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s. They include “Take Me to the River”, “Tired of Being Alone”, “Love and Happiness” and of course his signature song “Let’s Stay Together”. The icon of soul and gospel took a break from recording secular music in 1980 and between 1981 and 1989 he recorded a series of successful gospel albums which bagged eight soul gospel performance Grammy Awards during that period. The song has been covered by a host of artists including Al Jarreau, Billy Paul, Roberta Flack, Tina Turner and Robin Thicke.

Green has long been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked him at number 65 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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