Jennifer Hudson Serenades Obamas with Al Green (Watch)
... the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. *Jennifer Hudson was given the honor of serenading President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama three times - for three separate Inaugural Ball appearances in Washington D.C on Monday. The 31-year-old "American Idol" vet sang Al Green
's "Let's Stay Together" for the couple's first dance of the night at the Commander in Chief's Ball, which took place at the Convention Center. President Obama famously belted a line from the song during a fundraiser in Harlem last year. The slimmed down Hudson looked stunning in a cowl neck black gown and sparkly platform high heels for her performance. She accessorized with large diamond chandelier earrings, an oversized cocktail ring and several bejewelled bangles. Her hair was in tumbling curls. Watch below. Share this:Google +1FacebookTwitterPinterestPrintMoreEmailDiggLinkedInRedditTumblrStumbleUpon Do you like this story? Jennifer Hudson Serenades Obamas with Al Green
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Al Green Wants to Get 'Together' With Obamas After Missed Inauguration | Billboard
... Al Green
says if things had worked out, it would have been him serenading President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle at the inaugural ball. Jennifer Hudson sang Green's classic "Let's Stay Together," leaving many to wonder why the soul legend wasn't singing his own hit for the first couple. In a statement to The Associated Press, his representative said Green had been asked to sing, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending Monday's festivities. Green said he'd be honored to sing for the president in the future. The Presidential Inaugural Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Obama famously sang a snippet of the song at an event last year that Green attended. © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Al Green
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Three 6 Mafia Tell Elvis Presley & Al Green To Move Over
... after cops say the Academy Award winner was illegally packin' a taser. According to reports, Paul was carrying an open beer out of a restaurant when he passed a couple of officers. When officers confronted Paul about the open container, he reportedly told the cops he had a taser on his person. (TMZ) Three 6 Mafia Tell Elvis Presley & Al Green
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Al Green (April 13, 1946)
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Green was born in Arkansas to a family of sharecroppers. His birth name was Albert Greene.
He formed a Gospel quartet in the mid-1950s with his brothers. They were called the Green Brothers. Al was kicked out when his father caught him listening to Jackie Wilson.
He cut his first single as Al Green and the Soul Mates on a label, Hot Line Music Journal, founded by his high school friends, Curtis Rogers and Palmer James.
Green was signed to Hi Records by their vice president, Willie Mitchell, who also produced and co-wrote many of Green's songs.
In October 1974, Green brought home two woman he had been seeing: his sometimes girlfriend Mary Woodson, and a stewardess named Carlotta Williams. It didn't go well, and when Green took a bath, Woodson poured the boiling grits she was making on him, inflicting second degree burns to the singer. As Williams tended him, Woodson killed herself with his gun. Green, who became a born-again Christian in 1973, interpreted this as a sign from God to join the ministry.
Another sign from God: In 1979, Green fell off a Cincinnati stage and was almost injured badly. He decided it was time to stop performing secular music.
As of 1976, not only did Green own his own Memphis church, he was a fully ordained pastor with the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.
In 1995, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, and the Allman Brothers Band. Natalie Cole was his presenter.
He cites Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers as major influences.
Drummer Al Jackson, of Booker T. & the MG's fame, played with Al Green several times and even co-wrote some of his material.
He won his first Grammy in 1982 for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Performance for the album The Lord Will Make a Way.
To delight his female fans on his Summer Tour 2003, Al Green ordered 24 long-stem dethroned roses on stage, which he could distribute. Good thinking taking out the thorns.
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