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Michelle Obama dazzles in red Jason Wu gown at inaugural balls

Michelle Obama dazzles in red Jason Wu gown at inaugural balls

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- First lady Michelle Obama wore a custom ruby chiffon and velvet gown by designer Jason Wu at the inaugural balls in Washington Monday night.
Barney Frank weds longtime partner

Barney Frank weds longtime partner

NEWTON, Mass., July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., married his longtime partner, Jim Ready, Saturday in Newton, Mass., in a ceremony officiated by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Jazz fest not tripped up by cancellations

NEW ORLEANS, April 28 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett and Cee Lo Green were announced as last-minute headliners for the New Orleans Jazz Fest after several cancellations.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, April 13, 2012.
By United Press International
Obama's campaign playlist posted to Spotify

Obama's campaign playlist posted to Spotify

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released the head of state's official Spotify playlist, including songs by No Doubt, Wilco and Aretha Franklin.
Michelle Obama: Husband sings all the time

Michelle Obama: Husband sings all the time

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told Jay Leno Tuesday night her husband, the president, sings to her "all the time."
Obama: 2012 choice 'hugely consequential'

Obama: 2012 choice 'hugely consequential'

NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama told a fundraising audience in New York Thursday the 2012 election will be "hugely important, hugely consequential."

Producer Willie Mitchell dead at 81

MEMPHIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Music producer, musician and songwriter Willie Mitchell has died in Tennessee's Methodist University Hospital, his family said. He was 81.
Combs throws $3 million birthday party

Combs throws $3 million birthday party

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Record producer Sean "Diddy" Combs spent $3 million on his 40th birthday party at The Plaza Hotel in New York, observers say.
Adele, Brown to perform at Grammys show

Adele, Brown to perform at Grammys show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Adele, Chris Brown and Sugarland have agreed to perform at the 51st annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said Tuesday.

Gospel singer Jeter dead at age 94

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Rev. Claude Jeter, known for his gospel singing with the group the Swan Silvertones, has died in New York at the age of 94, his niece says.
Hughley to serve as host of BET Awards

Hughley to serve as host of BET Awards

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and comedian D.L. Hughley is to preside over the upcoming BET Awards show, BET announced Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 13, 2008.
By United Press International

Congress honors heart doctor DeBakey

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Congress has approved issuing a Congressional Gold Medal to Michael DeBakey, a heart surgeon who pioneered multiple techniques.
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Al Green
Al Green performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on July 24, 2007. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Albert Greene (born April 13, 1946), better known as Al Green, is an American gospel and soul music singer who was popular in the 1970s, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Green was born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was the sixth of ten children born to Robert and Cora Greene. The son of a sharecropper, 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.

Green formed a group called Al Greene & the Creations in high school. Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, two members of the Creations, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. In 1967, under the new name Al Greene & the Soul Mates, the band recorded "Back Up Train" and released it on Hot Line Music; the song was an R&B chart hit. The Soul Mates' subsequent singles did not sell as well. Al Green's debut LP was released on Hot Line in 1967 called "Back Up Train". The album was upbeat and soulful but didn't do well in sales. This was the only album on the Hot Line label. Green came into contact with band leader Willie Mitchell of Memphis' Hi Records in 1969, when Mitchell hired him as a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchell's band and then asked him to sign with the label.

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