That preacher can sing... (5.37)
Chuck: Man that preacher can sing.
Larry Brogan: Hmm?
Chuck: Al Green! The Reverend. But this is before that. Now, this is The Belle Album. It's considered by many to be the long player he made as an apology and entreaty to Jesus Christ for the life of the flesh he had been living before he joined the ministry.
Larry Brogan: Is that so?
Chuck: Indubitably. Just two years earlier, he was scalded when his girlfriend threw a boiling pot of hot grits over him in the midst of a fight. She felt so bad after, that she retreated into the bedroom, picked up his handgun, his handgun, and shot herself. Dead.
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, as well as its list of the 100 Greatest Singers, at No. 14.
The Belle Album is the 12th studio album by soul musician Al Green. It is his first album recorded without longtime producer Willie Mitchell, owner of Green's former label, Hi Records. With Mitchell and his label Green also abandoned the famed Hi Rhythm Section, which had previously played a large part in defining Green's distinctive musical style. This also marks the first instance in which Green plays lead guitar on his records. The Belle Album is one of the last in a string of secular recordings made by Green; he had recently converted to Christianity and had been ordained as a pastor, and thereafter he began creating gospel records exclusively.