Al Green (born Albert Greene 13.04.46)
The Reverend Al Green is an American soul singer, best known for hits like "Tired of Being Alone" and "Let's Stay Together".
Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Al Green had a net worth of 8 million USD.
Childhood: Albert Greene was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, to Cora Lee and Robert G. Greene. At the age of ten, Greene began performing with his brothers in a group simply called The Greene Brothers and was raised in an incredibly religious family. He was inspired and influenced by gospel singers and Elvis Presley, who was a particular favourite of Greene's. During High School, Greene created the band Al Greene & The Creations. Two of the groups creators then founded the independent record label Hot Line Music Journal. In 1968, the band changed to Al Greene & The Soul Mates and released their first song, Back Up Train on the new label, which went on to chart on the R&B charts. When none of the following tracks or the debut album of the same name were able to chart, Greene left to work with Willie Michell's band and signed on with his record label.
Career: Willie Michell began tutoring Greene early on, as he believed the singer was trying to sound too much like other artists. Instead, Greene was encouraged to find his own, defining sound and work on it over time. When he believed that he had achieved this, Greene dropped the 'e' from his name, and released the album 'Green Is Blues' in 1969. With the release of 'Al Green Next To You' and the follow-up, 'Let's Stay Together', ensuring that he became known in the R&B music charts. His subsequent album, 'I'm Still In Love With You', went on to become a platinum record. Suffering from low sales towards the end of the 1970s, Green decided to step away from R&B. He also became an ordained minister in 1977, due to a resurgence of faith. After leaving R&B, the Revered Al Green turned his attention to Gospel music. His first gospel album, 'The Lord Will Make You A Way', was released in 1980. Green later reunited with Willie Michell for the 1985 album 'He Is The Light'. In 1995, Green was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame around the time of the release of his album, 'Your Heart's In Good Hands'. In 2002, Green won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award before recording 'Put it on Paper' with Ann Nesby. The following year, he reunited with Willie Michel for the album 'I Can't Stop'. The two released a follow-up - 'Everything's Okay' in 2005.
Personal Life: On the 18th October, 1974, Mary Woodson White, Green's girlfriend at the time attacked him in his home in Memphis, Tennessee, before killing herself with his gun. The reason for this was that, despite White already being married, she was angry that Green would not marry her. She threw a pan of boiling grits at him while he was having a bath, causing severe burns to Green' back, stomach and arms. In 1977, Green married Shirley Kyles and the couple had three children. In 1983, the couple separated after Green allegedly submitted her to domestic abuse.
The actor is among five honourees that will be recognised at the annual Kennedy Center Honors
Tom Hanks is a mammoth actor who has delighted fans with extraordinary performances for just short of 40 years. He started his career by providing us with some delightfully 80s classics in the era of big hair and bright colours with greats such as Splash, Big and Turner & Hooch. In the 90s he gave us a cacophony of feel-good flicks including Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump and the first of one of the most successful trilogies of all time, Toy Story.
Tom Hanks' illustrious career is being recognised at the Kennedy Center Honors
In the noughties Hanks got his serious side out and audiences were treated to Road to Perdition, The Da Vinci Code and its sequel Angels and Demons. Sheriff Woody came out in style twice more for Toy Story 2 and 3 and Hanks has been at the helm of some of the best films of the past few years as a main star in Captain Phillips and Saving Mr Banks.
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Justin Bieber has apparently turned to God following his recent racism blunders.
There’s no better way of proving your penitence than going all out and getting yourself baptised. That’s Justin Bieber’s latest move in the whole racism saga anyway, because what better way to show how sorry you are than to get dunked in some water.
Justin Bieber was allegedly baptised in a bathroom by one of his friends
Bieber actually took the plunge (pun intended) before the videos surfaced and he was in the midst of being extorted. Perhaps he hoped that a baptism would lead to a bit of good karma (conflicting ideologies, but you get where we’re going with this). The baptism allegedly look place in a New York bathroom. As rooms go, they are famed for their spiritual qualities.
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Jay-Z wants US President Barack Obama to perform an Al Green song at his two-day festival Made In America festival.
The rapper is a major supporter of the American leader and he wants Obama to swap the White House for the stage and re-create the famous moment at the Harlem Apollo Theatre in New York in January when he performed an impromptu rendition of Al Green's hit let's 'Stay Together'.
Jay-Z thinks the musically gifted world leader - who has displayed his singing talents on several occasions - would make a great addition to the line-up at the event which is being held in Philadelphia in September.
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President Barack Obama stunned the gathered crowds at a White House concert on Tuesday night (February 21, 2012) by joining in an all-star blues jam featuring Bb King and Mick Jagger. The performance, according to Reuters, was part of a PBS TV special, celebrating Black History Month. The performance is scheduled to be aired on February 27, 2012 as part of a show entitled 'In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.'
In January, Obama performed at a Harlem fundraiser, singing a line from the Al Green classic 'Let's Stay Together'. During Tuesday night's jam, Buddy Guy cajoled the United States' President into singing, saying "We were trying to get you to help us sing. I heard you singing Al Green. So you started something. You got to keep it up now. You can do it." The Rolling Stones' singer Mick Jagger passed Obama the microphone and, smiling, sang a few lines from a verse of 'Sweet Home Chicago' in an understated manner, before handing the microphone back to the professionals. The legendary guitarist Jeff Beck was also playing during the jam.
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President Barack Obama was coerced into singing a couple of lines from Robert Johnson's 'Sweet Home Chicago' by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger at a blues music event at the White House on Tuesday (February 21, 2012). Obama was joined by musical luminaries such as Bb King and Buddy Guy to celebrate the history of blues, though he opted to have a go himself.
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Obama wowed guests with an impromptu performance at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem and video footage of the event has since gone viral.
After singing the track's opening line, the politician told the crowd his aides had doubted he would burst into song at the gala, saying, "Those guys didn't think I would do it! I told you I was gonna do it!"
Now music veteran Green has spoken of his pride after hearing the president crooning his tune, telling Tmz.com Obama was "terrific".
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President Barack Obama was in a great mood as he held a series of fundraisers in New York whilst his remaining four Republican candidate rivals were duking it out elsewhere in a televised debate. Obama can turn on the humor and joviality when he needs it and he was on form again and even went as far as breaking into an Al Green song whilst addressing potential benefactors for the Democratic party, reports The Washington Post.
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President Barack Obama took the unexpected step of belting out some lines of Al Green's classic soul track 'Let's Stay Together' at Manhattan's Apollo Theater on Thursday evening (January 19, 2012). The President was thanking the performers who had preceded him at the event, which included Green himself.
Breaking into song, Obama warbled the famous line "I'm, I'm so in love with you", much to audience's delight. Stopping short the rapturous applause, he joked that his staff didn't believe he would sing the line, saying, "Those guys didn't think I would do it. I told you I was going to do it". He then noted that the "Sandman" hadn't come out - referring to 'Sandman Sims', the tap dancer who chased unpopular acts off the Apollo stage for decades. Of course, Obama isn't the first President to get in-touch with his musical side - Bill Clinton would often speak of his love for the saxophones and once sang John Lennon's 'Imagine' at the 80th birthday of Shimon Peres. Later at the fundraising event for his re-election, Obama spoke of the upcoming challenge of the 2012 Presidential elections, where he will almost certainly face Republican Mitt Romney. Thanking his campaign support, the President warned against complacency, saying, ".everything we did over the last three years is now at stake in this election.America is not going to win if we do the same things".
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The president was a guest at the event at New York's Apollo Theatre on Thursday night during a trip to the Big Apple, and he stunned attendees with his impromptu performance.
After crooning the famous opening line to the track, Obama told the crowd his aides had doubted he would burst into song at the event, saying, "Those guys didn't think I would do it! I told you I was gonna do it!"
A spokesman for the venue tells the New York Daily News, "We're so honoured. It's the first time we've ever had a sitting president at the Apollo."
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Prince has advised Justin Bieber to learn how to play an instrument if he wants to survive in the music business.
Prince has advised Justin Bieber to "get a good teacher".
The 52-year-old star is one of the 16-year-old singer's biggest influences and now his idol has spoken out to give him tips on emulating his own long career.
He explained on US TV show 'The View': "The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can, and I hope that he does pick up an instrument and gets a good teacher."
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