Green - as he would later change the spelling - relocated to Michigan as a child and began singing gospel with his brothers and launched his career with an album for the tiny Hot Line Label in 1967, called Back Up Train. His ﬁrst single had been a small breakout, but Green had fallen on hard times since then. Stranded in Texas, he asked if he could sit in and earn a few dollars performing with Mitchell that night. "He started singing and I heard that voice and I said, "'Ah-ha! Look what I found here."
It would take a little more than the 18 months for Green to evolve into stardom. The ﬁrst two albums they recorded were minor masterpieces in their own way, offering inventive R&B interpretations of songs by the Beatles and Doors, among others. The latter LP produced a top 10 hit in the Green-penned Tired of Being Alone and a gritty reworking of the Temptations' Can't Get Next To You.
Released at the end of 1971, Let's Stay Together shot up the charts, becoming a No. 1 hit and the biggest pop song of the following year. The accompanying album would also land atop the R&B charts. The next ﬁve years would yield arguably the greatest run in the annals of R&B. With Mitchell producing and helping co-write many of Green's hits (Call Me [Come Back Home], and I'm Still In Love With You), and guitarist Teenie Hodges collaborating on several others (Love and Happiness, Here I Am (Come and Take Me]), Hi would not only come to dominate, but also redeﬁne, soul music in the early '70s.
Released: January 2022
Label: Fat Possum
Tracklist1. Tired Of Being Alone
2. Call Me (Come Back Home)
3. I'm Still In Love With You
4. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
5. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
6. Let's Stay Together
7. I Can't Get Next To You
8. You Ought To Be With Me
9. Look What You Done For Me
10. Let's Get Married