The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, April 13, the 104th day of 2004 with 262 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, April 12, the 103rd day of 2004 with 263 to follow.
By United Press International

Songwriters Hall of Fame names inducteees

NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame announced in New York Wednesday the next seven inductees.

Texas congressman wins narrow victory

DALLAS, March 10 (UPI) -- Veteran Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas, won a narrow victory over challenger Henry Cuellar in the Texas primary, according to unofficial returns Wednesday. Rodriguez, a four-term incumbent, won the Democratic nomination in the 28th District by only 151 vote

Leno to host audience of CA. firefighters

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- The entire audience of an upcoming Tonight Show with Jay Leno will consist of California firefighters who risked their lives during the state's recent fires.

Al Green turns back to soul

MEMPHIS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Soul music giant Al Green has returned to the studio, the producer and the music that catapulted him to stardom in the 1970s.

Feature: Book of letters, game of inches

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (UPI) -- Seth Swirsky, a Los Angeles-based artist and pop songwriter, harbors a deep affection -- as so many American men do -- for baseball.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Lisa Marie Presley, riding high on her debut album and about to launch her first tour, is featured in a no-holds-barred Playboy interview.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Billboard.com reports Moody's Investors Service has put "Bowie Bonds" on a watchlist for possible downgrading.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 12-18.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2003 with 262 to follow. This is Palm Sunday.
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Today in music; a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Chambers Brothers percussionist Lester Chambers, who was born in 1940 (age 63); bassist Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and also Hot Tuna, and Brian Pendleton, guitarist with The Pretty Things, both in 1944 (age 59); Al Green,
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Singer Irene Kral was born this day in 1932 in Chicago. She was a terrific ballad singer with impeccable taste, working with Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Shelly Manne.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Tex Ritter, who was born in 1905; country singer Ray Price in 1926 (age 77); Glenn Yarborough in 1930 (age 73); William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys in 1939 (age 64); British blues pioneer "Long" John Baldry in 1941
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Jan. 11-17.
By United Press International
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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)

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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