Al Green, now known as The Reverend Al Green, had lots of success during my high school days, placing six songs in the Top Ten for a total of 31 weeks. He had even more Top Ten hits on the R&B chart during the period (I counted eleven or twelve),
By far his biggest hit was “Let’s Stay Together,” the title track from his first 1972 album, which spent nine weeks in the Top Ten, peaking at #1 on both the Hot 100 and R&B charts. The song was featured in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction.
“I’m Still In Love With You” was the title track from his second 1972 album. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
In 1974, Mary Woodson White, who Al was dating despite her being married, assaulted him by dumping boiling hot grits on him while he was taking a bath, burning his back, stomach, and arms. She then shot herself to death with his .38. Authorities found a note in her purse saying she planned to do it because Al refused to marry her. Al took this as a sign to change his life, and he became pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis in 1976. He interpreted a fall from a stage in Cincinnati in 1979 as a sign from God to focus his energy on pastoring and gospel music.
Al Green, your Two for Tuesday, March 14, 2017.