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Al Green

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  • Year:
    1995
  • Inducted by:
    Natalie Cole
  • Category:
    Performers
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Introduction

The silky vocals of Al Green are made from rugged soul meets Motown polish.

Whether Green is crooning to seduce, lament or celebrate, he holds nothing back. The raw power of his voice has carried him from decade to decade and genre to genre in a career that remains robust to this day.

Hall of Fame Essay

1995

Robert Christgau

I know all aesthetic generalizations are open to per­petual debate, but try  these  on for size: Al Green isn’t just the last soulman - except for James Brown, he’s  the greatest; and except for Aretha Franklin, he’s also the most gifted singer ever to work the turf. 

In fact he may even be the finest vocalist rock & roll has ever known — even  though he retired from secular music 15 years ago.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1995
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Al’s voice - it bobs, it weaves...it gets you

Natalie Cole

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Gallery

Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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