It seemed like he was never off the radio during the first part of that decade. And why would anyone have wanted him to be? Aretha Franklin may be the greatest singer of the past 75 years, but Green is my favorite. Could anyone hit a snare drum like Al Jackson Jr.? It may seem like a small thing, but there was a particular sound that Jackson got from his drum set, especially the snare, that instantly stamped those songs as Al Green songs. The band was as good as Jackson, and together they created magic.
The tempo was the most important thing to Willie, and, if you listen close, you can hear Teenie counting off with his foot on a cardboard box for the take that nailed it. This soul classic was first recorded in , but problems occurred with the first tape, and so it was postponed. It was later altered and perfected the second time. Released in , it was one of Al's first big hits around the world. Scottish band Texas later had their own hit with a cover in The Bee Gees first released this mellow love song in , and it was already a hit for the Brothers Gibb.
A year later, Al transformed it into a pained and tearjerking six-minute soul ballad, and some may say this is the definitive version. You may also remember it for its use in 's Notting Hill , and we always feel a bit teary eyed whenever we see it. Taken from his album of the same name, this is perhaps Al's most famous tune and signature song. See more More Song Lists.