How much is Al Green worth?

Net Worth:$25 Million
Profession:Professional Singer
Date of Birth:April 13, 1946
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.79 m

Who Is Al Green

By the age of nine, Al Green was singing professionally, touring with a group of siblings known as The Greene Brothers. But even at an early age, the battle between the secular and the spiritual was raging within him: Al’s father kicked him out of the group after catching him listening to Jackie Wilson. Heavily influenced by Wilson and Sam Cooke, Al followed their lead, forming an R&B; group called The Creations (later the Soul Mates) in Grand Rapids, MI, where the family had re-located. The group scored a Top Ten R&B; hit with 1967’s “Back Up Train,” but subsequent efforts failed to match that success.

American singer, songwriter and record producer Al Green has a net worth of $25 million dollars, as of 2020. “The Reverend Al Green” is best known for recording soul hit singles “Take Me to the River”, “Tired of Being Alone”, “I’m Still in Love with You”, “Love and Happiness”, and his signature song, “Let’s Stay Together”, in the early 1970s.

Success

Band leader and head of Memphis’ Hi label, Willie Mitchell, hired Green for a show in Texas in 1969, and was so impressed with the results he signed him as a solo act. Their first collaboration, an LP entitled Green Is Blues, got some notice, but it wasn’t until 1971’s hit “Tired Of Being Alone” that the two hit on the formula they would work for most of the decade: gutbucket soul on the bottom, sweet romanticism on top. Green went on to score 15 Top Ten R&B; hits (including six Number Ones), all of which crossed over to the pop charts.

Solo Career

Although his first album wasn’t particularly successful, Al continued to pursue his dream of being a music star. It was when his third album, Al Green Gets Next to You, was released in 1971 that he became a household name in the music world. The album generated his first widely successful single, “Tired of Being Alone,” which he himself wrote. This began a chain a hit songs for Al, including the singles “Let’s Stay Together,” “I’m Still in Love With You” and “You Ought to Be With Me,” all of which reached No. 1 on the R&B; charts during the early-to-mid 1970s.

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‘Grits’ Incident

Al’s personal and professional lives were significantly altered on Oct. 18, 1974 when a woman he had been dating, Mary White, threw a hot pan of grits on him while he was showering. White, who was reportedly upset that Al wouldn’t marry her even though she was already married to another man, committed suicide with his handgun after the assault. Al, who suffered severe burns across his upper torso from the grits, took the incident as a sign from God to change his life. After recovering, he became an ordained minister, and eventually gave up secular music to become a Gospel artist. He continued on this path through most of the 1980s.

Return to Soul

After recording a few non-Gospel tunes occasionally in the late 1980s and early ’90s, Al made a full-fledged return to R&B; and Soul music in 1995 with the album Your Heart’s in Good Hands. It wasn’t a commercial success, however, and Al didn’t record another album until 2003’s I Can’t Stop. His big comeback album as an R&B;/Soul singer came with the release of his Lay It Down album in 2008. The album, which was produced by members of hip-hop band The Roots, featured Al dueting with such contemporary artists as John Legend, Corinne Bailey Rae and Anthony Hamilton. It reached the top 10 on the pop charts and won multiple Grammys.

Summing-Up

Al Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, the sixth of 10 children by Cora and Robert Greene. As a child, he and some of his siblings formed a group called The Greene Brothers in the mid-1950s. Later, after the family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Al helped form a band in high school. After performing together for a few years, the group released a single called “Back Up Train” in 1967 under the name Al Greene & the Soul Mates on a small independent label when Al was in his early 20s. The single eventually led to a full album the same year, but it was credited to just Al Greene, who at the time hadn’t dropped the last ‘e’ from his surname.

In 1974, at the height of his popularity, Green was attacked by his girlfriend, Mary Woodson, while in the bathtub. Upset over the singer’s refusal to marry her, she poured hot grits on his naked body, giving him second-degree burns, then killed herself with his gun. That and a bad fall at a 1979 concert encouraged Green to give up secular music and return to gospel, becoming one of the genre’s most successful artists in the Eighties. Al dabbled with straight soul for years and returned fulltime in the early 21st century with some acclaimed albums for Blue Note, although he continues to sing gospel at times.

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Contributions to music

  • The most popular soul singer of the Seventies
  • Brought Southern Soul into the smooth R&B; era
  • One of rock music’s greatest romantics
  • His vocals were a major influence on every R&B; singer that followed
  • With the Hi rhythm section and producer Willie Mitchell, created a funky, sweet version of soul that is unmatched in its seductiveness
  • Sang about spiritual love and secular love in a way that made them seem interchangable
  • Almost singlehandedly brought R&B; back into gospel upon his conversion, setting up the template for most modern black religious music

Other facts

  • Has been an ordained minister sinc 1976 and has maintained a ministry at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, TN
  • Recorded all of his most famous pop hits at Memphis’ Royal Recording Studio, which, like Stax, was a converted movie theater
  • The famous Hi label band that accompanied Green consisted of brothers Mabon “Teenie” Hodges (guitar), Leroy Hodges (bass), Charles Hodges (organ and piano), as well as drummer Howard Grimes
  • Booker T. and the MGs drummer Al Jackson co-wrote and played on many of Green’s biggest hits
  • Has claimed that “Let’s Stay Together” was written to heal a crisis-torn nation, and not about a woman

Best work

#1 hits:
Pop:

  • “Let’s Stay Together” (1972)

R&B;:

  • “Let’s Stay Together” (1972)
  • “I’m Still In Love With You” (1972)
  • “You Ought To Be With Me” (1972)
  • “Livin’ For You” (1974)
  • “L-O-V-E (Love)” (1975)
  • “Full Of Fire” (1975)

Top 10 hits:
Pop:

  • “Let’s Stay Together” (1972)
  • “I’m Still In Love With You” (1972)
  • “Look What You Done For Me” (1972)
  • “You Ought To Be With Me” (1972)
  • “Call Me (Come Back Home)” (1973)
  • “Here I Am (Come And Take Me)” (1973)
  • “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)” (1974)

R&B;:

  • “Tired Of Being Alone” (1971)
  • “Look What You Done For Me” (1972)
  • “Call Me (Come Back Home)” (1973)
  • “Here I Am (Come And Take Me)” (1973)
  • “Let’s Get Married” (1974)
  • “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)” (1974)
  • “Oh Me, Oh My (Dreams In My Arms)” (1975)
  • “Keep Me Cryin'” (1976)
  • “Belle” (1977)

#1 albums:
R&B;:

  • Let’s Stay Together (1972)
  • I’m Still In Love With You (1972)
  • Call Me (1973)
  • Livin’ For You (1974)
  • Al Green Explores Your Mind (1975)
  • Al Green Is Love (1975)
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Gospel:

  • Soul Survivor (1987)

Top 10 albums:
Pop:

  • Let’s Stay Together (1972)
  • I’m Still In Love With You (1972)
  • Call Me (1973)

R&B;:

  • Green Is Blues (1973)
  • Greatest Hits (1975)
  • Call Me (1973)
  • I Can’t Stop (2004)

Gospel:

  • I’ll Rise Again (1983)
  • Trust in God (1984)

Other important recordings: “Back Up Train,” “What Am I Gonna Do With Myself?” “I Can’t Get Next To You,” “Take Me To The River,” “What A Wonderful Thing Love Is,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “For The Good Times,” “Jesus Is Waiting,” “How Do You Mend A Broken Heart?,” “Love And Happiness,” “My God Is Real,” “Strong As Death (Sweet As Love),” “Have A Good Time”
Appears in the movies: “Putney Swope” (1969), “The Gospel According to Al Green” (1984), “Beverly Hills Cop III” (1994), “On The Line” (2001), “Soulsville” (2003)

Awards & Honors

2009: Grammy for Best R&B; Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, with John Legend, for “Stay With Me (By the Sea).”
2009: Grammy for Best Traditional R&B; Vocal Performance, with Anthony Hamilton, for “You’ve Got the Love I Need.”
2004: Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
2002: Received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
1999: Inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame
1990: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance, for “As Long as We’re Together.”
1988: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Male, for “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”
1987: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Male, for “Going Away.”
1986: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance, for the album He is the Light.
1984: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Male, for “I’ll Rise Again.”
1983: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Traditional, for Precious Lord.
1983: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Contemporary, for Higher Plane.
1982: Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Traditional, for The Lord Will Make a Way.

R&B;/Soul Discography

2008: Lay It Down
2005: Everything’s OK
2003: I Can’t Stop
1978: Truth n’ Time
1977: The Belle Album
1976: Have a Good Time
1976: Full of Fire
1975: Al Green is Love
1974: Al Green Explores Your Mind
1973: Livin’ for You
1973: Call Me
1972: I’m Still in Love With You
1972: Let’s Stay Together
1971: Al Green Gets Next to You
1969: Green is Blues
1967: Back Up Train

Full name: Albert Greene. Born: April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas. Raised in Arkansas and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Genres: R&B;, Soul, Pop-Soul, Funk, Blues, Gospel, Pop Instruments: Vocals.

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