Al Green’s Journey To Glory: “What I Learned…”

al green2Singer and minister Albert Leornes “Al Green” Greene’s story is one that reads like a turn-paging novel.

He gained international fame as being one of the best soul singers of all time with hits like “I’m Still in Love with You”, “Love and Happiness” and his signature song, “Let’s Stay Together”. Green was also inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

The story that many know began with a pot of grits, ended with two gunshots, and helped push one of the greatest soul singer of the early ’70s away from the music that had made him a star. On Oct. 18, 1974, for reasons that still remain unclear, Green’s girlfriend, Mary Woodson, then 29, burst in on the singer as he prepared to take a shower in his Memphis home. Heaving scolding hot grits at his back, Woodson burned the singer so badly he would spend several months in the hospital. Woodson then fled to a bedroom, where she shot and killed herself with the singer’s registered .38-caliber pistol.