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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include C.W. McCall, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Clyde McPhatter of the Dominoes, and also The Drifters, in 1931; Petula Clark in 1932 (age 70); Annifrid "Frida" Anderson of ABBA in 1945 (age 57); former Heart bassist Steve Fossen in
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Nov. 9-15.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Chuck Berry, who was born on this day in either 1926 or 1931. He won't say. But most reference books list 1926 (age 76). Ronnie Bright of the Coasters was born in 1938 (age 64); the Association's Russ Giguere in 1943 (age 59); La
By United Press International

Vonda Shepard moves on after 'Ally'

SINGAPORE, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- "Ally McBeal" and its colorful cast may have left our small screens forever last May, but one character still lives on as we knew her. Singer-songwriter Vonda S
SONIA KOLESNIKOV, UPI Correspondent

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include bassist Alan Cartwright of Procol Harum, and Blood Sweat and Tears' Jerry LaCroix, who were both born in 1945 (age 57); John Prine and Ben Vereen, both in 1946 (age 56); Midge Ure in 1953 (age 49); David Lee Roth in 1955 (age 47)
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include country's Johnny Duncan and the Belmonts' Carlo Mastrangelo, who were both born in 1938 (age 64); Richard Street of the Temptations in 1942 (age 60); Steve Miller in 1943 (age 59); Brian Johnson, who replaced Bon Scott in the AC/
By United Press International

GM, Canadian Auto Workers reach pact

TORONTO, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The Canadian Auto Workers union reached a tentative three-year contract with General Motors Corp. just hours before a midnight Tuesday strike deadline. The pact

Laura Bush to lead 'Concert for America'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- With first lady Laura Bush as honorary chair, plans are under way for the "Concert for America," an all-star production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Pe

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the "Queen of Country Music" Kitty Wells in 1919 (age 83), John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1935, John McNally of the Searchers in 1941 (age 61), American Breed bassist Charles Colbert in 1944 (age 58), and Whitesnake'
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Shaggy, Soulive and Elvis Costello have been added to the "Who's Who" of support acts opening for the Rolling Stones on the "Licks" tour, which kicks off in Boston on Tuesday. Shaggy is set for a pair of October dates in Florida.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones returned to the stage to play "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" in a surprise Toronto club show as the band revved up for the upcoming tour that kicks off in Boston Sept. 2.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music, for Aug. 24-30.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Heineken Music Initiative, dedicated to supporting music education in urban communities across the country, is set to release the second volume of its "Red Star Sounds" series Oct. 1.
JOHN SWENSON, 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)
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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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