Happy Birthday to soul legend Al Green who celebrates his 69th birthday today (April 13th)!!! On December 7th, Green was among the recipients of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors from President Obama at a gala performance in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Tribute performances included Earth, Wind, & Fire on “I Can’t Get Next To You,” “Love and Happiness,” and Jennifer Hudson on “Simply Beautiful.” Usher performed “Let’s Stay Together,” and Mavis Staples and Sam Moore teamed up with a choir to duet on “Take Me To The River.”
In 2008 Green released Lay It Down, his third album since returning to secular music in 2003 with I Can’t Stop, which reunited him with his longtime collaborator and producer, the late Willie Mitchell. Green and Mitchell collaborated on most of Green’s biggest hits from the ’70s like “Let’s Stay Together” and “I’m Still In Love With You.” In 2010, Green’s 1974 classic, “Take Me To The River” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Al Green, who’s been an ordained minister since 1976, was asked if he ever thought he would have attained so much in his lifetime: “No, I never did think . . . I’m a sharecropper’s son. I’m nobody. I have a little bag of songs over here, I’ve got a bible over here, and that’s all I got. People come out, remember these songs better than me, and some of the songs are older than the people, so I think that I am blessed.”
Back in 2005 it was announced that a feature film based on Green’s life was heading to the big screen starring former-ER leading man Mekhi Phifer, but so far there has been no word on if and when production will begin.
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