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Fresh Air celebrates July 4 with soul singer Al Green

Green's string of hits in the '70s include "Let's Stay Together" and "Love and Happiness." He later became an ordained minister, and bought a church in Memphis. Originally broadcast in 1991 and 2000.


Musical Legend Al Green

The R&B star has a new album of secular songs called I Can't Stop. In the '70s, Green was born again. His 2000 biography called Down by the River detailed the trip from R&B stardom to reverend. Green's hits include "Let's Stay Together," "Tired of Being Alone" and "Here I am (Come and Take Me)."


Soul singer Al Green

Last year Al Green published a new biography called Down by the River detailing the trip from R&B stardom to Reverend. Presiding over his own Pentacoastal church in Memphis for the last 20 years, Green recently returned to the recording studio to record a set of gospel songs. A popular culture icon, he's had cameo roles in movies and TV shows. He lives in Memphis, Tenn.


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Willie Mitchell's Many-Faceted Career.

Rock and roll historian Ed Ward profiles Memphis soul musician and producer Willie Mitchell. Mitchell was a trumpeter whose own tastes ran to jazz and soul. But Mitchell enjoyed his greatest success as a producer and talent scout. He launched the careers of Al Green, Ann Peebles and O.V.Wright.


Finding the Roots of Great Music

Robert Mugge makes documentary films about unique and vital American music. His subjects include Al Green, Sonny Rollins, and native Hawaiian musicians. PBS will broadcast six of his movies this summer.


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