Green formed a group called Al Green & the Creations in high school. Curtis Rogers[?] and Palmer James[?], two members of the Creations, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal[?]. The band, now known as the Soul Mates, recorded "Back Up Train" and released it on Hot Line Music; the song was a R&B hit. The Soul Mates' subsequent singles did not sell as well. Al Green met Willie Mitchell[?] of Hi Record[?] in 1969, and signed with the label.
Green's debut album with Hi Records was Green is Blue[?], a slow, horn-riven groovy album that allowed Green to show off his powerful and expressive voice. The album was a moderate success. The next LP, though, Al Green Gets Next To You[?] (1970), was a massive success that included four gold singles. Let's Stay Together[?] (1972) was an even bigger success, as was I'm Still In Love With You[?] (1972). Call Me was a critical sensation, and was also just as popular at the time; it is one of his most fondly remembered albums today.
In 1974, Green's girlfriend, Mary Woodson, poured boiling grits on him as he was showering, causing second-degree burns[?] on his back, stomach and arm, then killed herself. Green converted to Christianity after recovering from the assault and became a pastor in Memphis, Tennessee. Continuing to record R&B, Green saw his sales start to slip and the critics grew steadily harsher. 1977's The Belle Album[?] was critically acclaimed but did not regain his former mass audience. In 1979, Green was injured in concert and interpreted this as a sign from God. He began a career as a preacher and gospel singer, also appearing with Patti Labelle in the musical Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God[?]. His first gospel album was He Is the Light[?].
After spending several years on gospel, Green began to return to R&B. First, he released a duet with Annie Lennox, "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" for Scrooged[?], a Bill Murray film. His first secular album in some time was Your Heart's In Good Hands[?] (1995), released to positive reviews but disappointing sales, the same year Green was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame[?].