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Forrest City AR, United States (1946 – present)

Reverend Albert Green (born April 13 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas) is an American Grammy award winning and singer who enjoyed great popularity in the with hit singles such as “Let’s Stay Together”, Tired of Being Alone”, and “You Oughta Be With Me”. Green has boasted a voice capable of both fluid high streams of sugar and deep south growls and rasps. He has sold over 20 million records worldwide, and he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, being referred to as “one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music.”

Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He started performing at age ten 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. His father kicked him out of the group because he caught Green listening to Jackie Wilson.

In 1967 at the age of 16, Al formed an R&B group, Al Green & the Creations, with several of his high-school friends. Two Creation members, Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, founded their own independent record company, Hot Line Music Journal, and had the group record for the label. By that time, the Creations had been re-named the Soul Mates. The group’s first single, “Back Up Train,” became a surprise hit, climbing to number five on the R&B charts early in 1968.

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