by Billy Johnson, Jr. in Hip-Hop Media Training
Throughout Black Music Month this June, each day Yahoo! Music will spotlight one classic album from an African American recording artist. The first tribute focuses on Al Green.
I'm Still In Love With You
Hi Records (1972)
Al Green's unapologetic lyrics that imply that love can "make you do wrong" as he suggests on this album's "Love And Happiness" is huge part of his appeal. Add to that Green's approach to belting that includes abrupt shifts from his gut-wrenching falsetto to huskier stylings. I'm Still In Love With You is one of his most celebrated works that helped signify him as one of the best soul voices to rise to prominence in the 1970s.
Inspired Justin Timberlake: In 2005, Green was ranked #65 on Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time" list. Timberlake, who wrote the nomination, described Green's impact. "People are born to do certain things, and Al was born to make us smile," he said. He performed with Green at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
About Al Green: The Forrest City, Arkansas native began his music career at the age of 9, singing in the gospel group the Green Brothers. By the time he was 16, he had formed the R&B act, Al Green And The Creations. In 1969, Green met musician and music executive Willie Mitchell, who helped him flesh out his unique vocal style. In addition to I'm Still In Love With You, Green's long career includes numerous classic R&B and gospel albums, including Let's Stay Together and Call Me.