Al Green biography



The Reverend!

Al Green is an American R&B, Gospel, and Soul singer who enjoyed great popularity during the 70s.

Among his hits, you’d find Love and Happiness, Let’s Stay Together, Take Me To The River, and How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.

He also successfully covered A Change Is Gonna Come, Unchained Melody, Light My Fire, and My Girl.

Green was not signed to one of the major labels, instead, he opted for Memphis label Hi Records. Apart from Ann Peebles and her main hit I Can’t Stand The Rain, Hi Records had all its success with Al Greens recordings.

Following the immense success of the 70s, Green moved away from the commercial world and spent the 80s singing strictly gospel. After all, Al Green was the reverend!

In 1988 he made a comeback and has been touring and releasing albums ever since. His latest release came as late as 2019!


A Change Is Gonna Come – Chords

G | G | Am | Em |
I was born by the river, in a little tent, oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
G | Am C B7 | Em | G |
It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come chords.


A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics

I was born by the river, in a little tent,
oh and just like that river I’ve been running ever since.
It’s been a long, a long time coming,
but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.

Go to A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics.


Take Me To The River – Chords

For anyone interested in how to write a fantastic chord progression, look no further! This blues/soul/gospel classic is one of Al Green’s finest compositions.

The question is: How do you combine all those strings, horns, keyboards, guitars, and bass lines into just a one acoustic guitar arrangement?

Go to Take Me To The River chords.


Take Me To The River – Lyrics

I don’t know why I love you like I do,
after all these changes that you put me through.
You stole my money and my cigarettes,
and I haven’t seen hide nor hair of you yet.

Go to Take Me To The River lyrics.