Al Greene - “Don’t Hurt Me No More” b/w “Get Yourself Together” (1967). American singer, songwriter and record producer, Albert Leornes Greene (often known as The Reverend Al Green), was born April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas into a devout, religious family. Al began performing with his brothers in a group called The Greene Brothers when he was about ten years old. When the Greene family relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the late 1950s, when Al was a teenager, he was kicked out of his family home after his father caught him listening to Jackie Wilson.
In high school, Al formed a vocal group called Al Greene & the Creations. Two of the group's members, Curtis Rodgers and Palmer James, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. This single was Al Greene’s first release on the label in 1967. Both songs from the single were included on the Al Greene & the Soul Mates’ 1968 debut album, "Back Up Train.” While performing with the Soul Mates, Al came into contact with Memphis record producer Willie Mitchell, who hired him as a vocalist in 1969 and later signed Al to his Hi Records label, releasing some of his most famous hits, “Let’s Stay Together” and “I’m Still In Love With You” in 1972. Al later dropped the last “e” in “Greene” and was known thereafter as Al Green.
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