Albert Leornes Greene (born April 13, 1946), often known as The Reverend Al Green, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, best known for recording a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including “Take Me to the River”, “Tired of Being Alone”, “I’m Still in Love with You”, “Love and Happiness”, and his signature song, “Let’s Stay Together”. Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was referred to on the museum’s site as being “one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music”. He has also been referred to as “The Last of the Great Soul Singers”. Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, ranking at No. 65.
When we get together this evening for “Great Soul Performances” I’ll be saluting the city of Memphis, Tennessee, with many of the artists from Stax and Hi Records. In addition, you’ll hear recollections and the sounds of my former Memphis Radio Station; the Big 1070 Soul, WDIA. On the playlist will be: Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, Ann Peebles, the Soul Children, Otis Redding, Al Green, Ollie & the Nightingales, Isaac Hayes, the Temprees, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor and more. It begins at 7PM ET, then immediately following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll be presenting music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Barry White, Madonna, Tone Loc, Jocko Henderson, the Main Ingredient, Yarbrough & Peoples, Ben E. King, New Edition, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis and several others. I thinks it’s going to be a good evening for music and memories as we spotlight the music of Memphis and the 50,000 watt Soul Giant, WDIA and fabulous 80s sounds on “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2:The 80s,” on the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Coming up in about an hour on “Great Soul Performances,” we will salute and pay tribute to the late Chuck Berry. You’ll hear Chuck’s biggest hits plus his comments on his career, and tributes from guitarists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. You’ll hear Chuck Berry recorded live with Tina Turner as well as with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. We’ll also have music from: Al Green, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke; live in concert. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. We will be Chuck Berry intensive on the first day of Spring on “Great Soul Performances” right here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
On this very cold Monday, I hope I can warm you up later this evening on “Great Soul Performances” with music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, Walter Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Dramatics, Al Green, the Soul Children, Baby Washington, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Joss Stone, Clyde McPhatter, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye (live in concert) and more. We kick it off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. We’re at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s,” with “Great Soul Performances” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Join Ron Kovacs filling in for Bobby Jay this week on Great Soul Performances. Since “TIME” changes took place over the weekend we feature music with “TIME” in the tile from artists: Rick James, O’Jays, Sam & Dave, Eddie Murphy, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Box Tops, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers, Marvin Gaye and many many more. . . It’s all LIVE 7pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.
On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we’ll be hearing from: Teddy Pendergrass, the Stylistics, George Benson, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, the Elgins, 8th Day, the Delegation, Al Green, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. and Billy Davis, Jr. “live in concert” plus more from Ben E. King, with material I could not get in from last week’s tribute, and yes Sparkie Martin, you’ll hear the “Soul Clan” and of course, many others. Wow, a lot on the plate today. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, following the encore performance of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time.
Next Saturday, a tribute to B.B. King. Because B.B.’s passing occurred late Thursday night, and I heard the news with the rest of us yesterday morning, there of course was no time to prepare a fitting tribute to such an American musical hero and icon, therefore that will happen next Saturday. I met B.B. King once many years ago and stated to him that aside from loving his music for most of my life, that we shared something in common, he asked what that was, and I was proud to say that we both worked in Memphis at WDIA, and we talked about people there like Nat D. Williams, A.C. “Moohah” Williams, Ford Nelson, Theo “Bless My Bones” Wade and of course the “Mouth Of The South,” “The Big Bad Dog,” Rufus Thomas and the former owner of the radio station, Bert Ferguson, all people that B.B. and I both knew and worked with. He laughed that big B.B. King laugh and stated that we were now permanently joined as brothers of the microphone. Be sure to listen next week. But as for now, I’ll be looking to see you this evening for “Great Soul Performances” on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Today on “Great Soul Performances” I’m going to begin something very special for me. I’m presenting; in monthly installments, an interview I did on WCBS-FM in the “Hall of Fame” with the late Brook Benton. Brook was a dear friend to me. I MC’d for him on several occasions and we had planned to record together. We were going to do an album; which Brook was writing and the late Eric Gale was to be guitarist on, that would be a combination singing and spoken word project. Guess what part I was doing. Unfortunately, Brook passed away on April 9, 1988 before we could get into the studio and get it done. I reached down into the archive and pulled out this interview that we did on September 17, 1987 and I’m proud to present it to you starting today and every month throughout the rest of the year.
Brook Benton was such a prolific singer, songwriter, producer and performer, that should not be forgotten. He should be remembered and revered. He’s got great stories to tell. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Also on the program you’ll hear: Al Green, the Chi-Lites, Jackie Moore, Love Unlimited, the Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, the Manhattans, the Four Tops, Louis Williams & the Ovations, the Ramsey Lewis Trio; “live in concert” and more. It jumps off at 7PM EDT, 6PM CDT, 5PM MDT, & 4PM PDT, following an encore of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM EDT. As you see, a full plate today, so join me for the fun on RadioMaxMusic.com.