Happy Birthday! Al Green Turns 64 Today! [VIDEO]

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Happy Birthday to Al Green born April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas .  His birth name Albert Greene, born the sixth of ten children to Robert and Cora Greene.  Al Green is  one of the most enduring soul singers of the rock era. Following the life altering “grits” tragedy in 1976,  Al Green became an ordained minister at The Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2004 Green was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame, in 2009 honored with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that year.  Al Green has sold more than 20 million records. On January 19, 2012,  President Barack Obama broke into a few lines of  Green’s classic  “Let’s Stay Together” at a fundraiser in Harlem.  According to Nielsen digital downloads for the Al Green’s version of the song jumped 490% in the days following that performance. With 16,000 downloads the song had it’s most successful online sales week since Nielsen began tracking web sales in 2003.  Al Green told TMZ he was  “thrilled that the President even mentioned his name.”

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