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Since , music fans from around the world have made pilgrimages to visit the humble Full Gospel Tabernacle church on the outskirts of Memphis, Tenn. Those secular hits are the focal point of his tour, he said, but he also incorporates some gospel material. His relationship with music has toggled over time. He turned his back on secular music in and for more than a decade recorded only gospel material as he built his congregation at his church in Memphis, less than three miles down the road from that pop culture shrine to all things Elvis, Graceland. A big part of that shift stemmed from the suicide of his then-girlfriend, Mary Woodson White, after severely scalding him by tossing a pot of hot grits on him at his home. Within two years, Green had become an ordained Baptist minister and started his own church, preaching on Sundays while continuing to record, although sales of his secular music were slipping.
It was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the Greatest Songs of All Time ,  and has been covered by numerous other performers , most notably Tina Turner. It was selected by the Library of Congress as a addition to the National Recording Registry , which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Unlike the Al Green version, Tina sings verse 2 first, then verse 1 when the band starts playing. At the time, the song was the most successful solo single she had released and it was included on her multi-platinum selling album Private Dancer , released a few months later in the spring of The music video was directed by David Mallet. The cover photography was by Norman Seeff. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Al Green single. Kieran Lenssen.
Fifty years ago the right singer and the right producer found each other in Memphis. And he asked me to come back to Memphis. So I picked up my clothes and moved to Memphis. So his version of the story also includes a reference to Michigan and murky details about a barroom brawl over a woman. So there you have it: a chance encounter and some wisdom about avoiding physical conflict in the confines of a drinking establishment. Sometimes talking to Green gets so surreal it becomes difficult to backtrack to the mouth of the rabbit hole. One question about his youth in Arkansas yields commentary about his father, his mother, a bottle of wine and a pregnancy. Just having fun.