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January 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It cost $200 a ticket to hear President Obama speak at a fundraiser Thursday in New York. Obama singing? That was just a bonus. The president thrilled the crowd of about 1,400 at the landmark Apollo Theater when he briefly launched into song, crooning a few lines of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" to the surprise of, well, just about everyone. Even more -- he wasn't half bad. "I - I - I -- I'm so in love with you," he crooned in a somewhat sheepish falsetto, as the audience roared in approval.
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April 4, 2013 | By August Brown
We all know that President Obama has a soft spot for Al Green. Now he's making his affection for classic soul music official, with a White House concert dedicated to Memphis musical traditions . The show, part of PBS' "Performance at the White House" series, will feature (naturally) Green and a bevy of guests, including Justin Timberlake, the Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Steve Cropper, Charlie Musselwhite and Booker T. Jones. REVIEW: Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" The concert takes place April 9 and will air on PBS on April 16 at 8 p.m. The show is a nice capstone to a triumphant week for Timberlake, whose album "The 20/20 Experience" hit the top slot of the Billboard album charts, sailing in at just under a million copies in its first week.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2013 | By August Brown
We all know that President Obama has a soft spot for Al Green. Now he's making his affection for classic soul music official, with a White House concert dedicated to Memphis musical traditions . The show, part of PBS' "Performance at the White House" series, will feature (naturally) Green and a bevy of guests, including Justin Timberlake, the Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Steve Cropper, Charlie Musselwhite and Booker T. Jones. REVIEW: Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" The concert takes place April 9 and will air on PBS on April 16 at 8 p.m. The show is a nice capstone to a triumphant week for Timberlake, whose album "The 20/20 Experience" hit the top slot of the Billboard album charts, sailing in at just under a million copies in its first week.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
"Let's Stay Together" is turning into something of a new anthem for the Democratic Party. Last week, President Obama sang a bit of the Al Green tune during a fundraiser at the landmark Apollo Theater in Harlem, a moment that became an instant sensation. Friday, when the president came to speak to the House Democrats' retreat in Cambridge, Md., he left with a DVD that included a new rendition from 25 members of the caucus, including the adapted line, "We're so in love with you. " Another, per a Democratic aide, went: "We'll help you turn red states to blue.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
There were a few security breaches at Al Green's stellar concert Friday at the Universal Amphitheatre, but given the powerful music, the actions of the crowd weren't surprising. It wasn't the teenagers in this case who were causing the commotion, but women in their 40s and 50s who, overwhelmed by the rapture of love, bucked against the barriers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1994 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC
The most satisfying and usually most economical way to survey an artist's career is a box set, but what happens when an artist whose music you want doesn't have one out? In the case of Al Green, the most compelling of all post-'60s soul singers, you can turn to some greatest-hits packages or--better yet--his original albums, the first four of which have been released on CD by Capitol Records as part of its "The Right Stuff" mid-line budget series. The albums, which carry an $11.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1989 | DON WALLER
Darting out of the darkness at stage left and striking a pose the second the spotlight hit his blinding white suit and sunglasses, the Rev. Al Green galvanized Saturday night's Wiltern Theatre crowd before he sang the first note. The next 15 minutes were a vocal tour de force, of course, as the veteran soulstar-turned-gospelstar reached deep into his stylish bag of tricks, always managing to keep something up his sleeve. 'Twas all so effortless, Green couldn't keep from cracking himself up.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1995 | ROBERT HILBURN
As his performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum celebration concert in September reminded us, Green is one of the dozen most captivating singers of the modern pop era, and this already essential "best of" package gets better this time around with the addition of four bonus tracks, including the magnificent "Belle." Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (e x cellent).
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1986 | KRISTINE McKENNA
The sexiest soul smoothie who ever took it to the bridge, Al Green cut his teeth singing gospel music and continued to sing it throughout his years as a pop sensation. So, his official conversion to nonsecular music six years ago didn't mark that big a change in his style. Still, the gospel tag is apparently off-putting to the mainstream audience, as his Saturday show at the Wiltern drew less than a capacity crowd.
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January 6, 2010 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Willie Mitchell, an influential record producer, label head and musician who worked closely with singer Al Green and other stars to help mold the Memphis soul sound, died Tuesday. He was 81. Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., more than two weeks after he suffered cardiac arrest Dec. 19, said his son, Lawrence Mitchell. A trumpeter, Willie Mitchell signed with Hi Records of Memphis in 1959 and recorded several instrumental hits in the 1960s, including "Soul Serenade" and "20-75."
NEWS
January 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It cost $200 a ticket to hear President Obama speak at a fundraiser Thursday in New York. Obama singing? That was just a bonus. The president thrilled the crowd of about 1,400 at the landmark Apollo Theater when he briefly launched into song, crooning a few lines of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" to the surprise of, well, just about everyone. Even more -- he wasn't half bad. "I - I - I -- I'm so in love with you," he crooned in a somewhat sheepish falsetto, as the audience roared in approval.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2010 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
The aspiring Democratic U.S. senator from South Carolina is a bumbling speaker. He's been accused of showing porn to a teenage college student, a felony. He's never heard of the pollution control strategy called "cap and trade." And when asked whether he believes Palestinians should have a separate state, he looked confused, then snapped, "For what?" Nevertheless, Alvin Greene, a 32-year-old unemployed veteran, is confident about his chances this fall against incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who has a war chest of about $3.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2010 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Willie Mitchell, an influential record producer, label head and musician who worked closely with singer Al Green and other stars to help mold the Memphis soul sound, died Tuesday. He was 81. Mitchell died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., more than two weeks after he suffered cardiac arrest Dec. 19, said his son, Lawrence Mitchell. A trumpeter, Willie Mitchell signed with Hi Records of Memphis in 1959 and recorded several instrumental hits in the 1960s, including "Soul Serenade" and "20-75."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2009 | Alie Ward
"We've had people faint and fall on the ground; we've had people throw up . . . ," starts Sky Shivers, manager of the Big Red Barn at the Los Angeles County Fair. He is describing various Southern Californians' reactions to watching a live cow birth. "We've had mothers shield their children's eyes and drag them out of the pen," he recollects with a chuckle and an Oklahoma drawl. Starting Saturday and running through Oct. 4, the L.A. County Fair is expected to lure roughly 70,000 people a day to the Pomona Fairplex for carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and acres of sawdusty attractions including pig races, chicken hatchings, mini ponies, mammoth donkeys, baby bunnies and a new exhibit dedicated to the goat meat industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2008 | Richard Cromelin, Jeff Weiss, Ann Powers
Usher "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) *** Usher must really take criticism to heart. One of the prominent complaints about his last album, "Confessions," was that it was too long, at some 73 minutes, so now the Atlanta-based R&B star delivers a follow-up that's shorter -- by about a minute. The sheer bulk of "Here I Stand" (out today) requires more commitment of a listener than many of the protagonists in Usher's songs of conflicting urges are able to muster.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2007 | Kathy Hanrahan, Associated Press
B.B. King returned to his hometown of Indianola for the aptly titled "B.B. King Homecoming Festival." "It is something that I have been doing for 42 years, playing free for the kids," the 81-year-old blues legend said. "Watching them grow." With his trademark guitar that he named "Lucille," King is one of the nation's most influential blues musicians. His long list of hits includes "The Thrill Is Gone," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "You Upset Me Baby."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN, Times Pop Music Critic
Writers of album liner notes are often so generous with their praise that they end up elevating even the most ordinary subjects to near-legendary status.
NEWS
December 30, 2004 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
It doesn't take much to get Al Green -- the Rev. Al Green, that is -- up on his pulpit. Especially when the subject is love. The most acclaimed soul singer since Ray Charles has seen love, experienced it and sung about it from many perspectives: as an R&B sex symbol in the 1970s, as a reborn gospel singer and preacher in the '80s and '90s, and lately as a man who has struck a balance between the secular and the spiritual.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2004 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
With the death of Ray Charles, the mantle of greatest living soul singer falls to Al Green, who is saluted in "The Immortal Soul of Al Green." The dazzling package highlights Calendar's annual salute to some of the year's highest-profile boxed sets. Green's set heads a group of offerings rated "essential" because they belong in any comprehensive pop library. Prices are typical figures at various retail outlets.
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