“I was interested in becoming an A&M artist. You need to get the word out to as many people as possible. We’ve been trying to open some broader doors for gospel music.”--Al Green, Newsweek
"We just sang the song ["You've Got a Friend" by Carole King] straight, like the song is. And it fits perfectly. That's what knocks me out. And I knew it would work, I just wanted to try it." “That Carole King song is for a higher love. We didn’t try to fabricate and put ‘Lord’ in there because we’re a Christian act. We just sang the song straight like the song is. And it fits perfectly.”
About the A&M/Word distribution arrangement, Green said, "A&M might take it a bunch of places Word might not. Which gives us a greater percentage of the listening market." The distribution had each label serve the markets it knew best--Word with gospel and A&M with the popular market.
Green recorded three albums for A&M Records. All of them were Grammy Award winners.
Al Green was voted 14 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
- Al Green Is a 'Soul Survivor.' Billboard, May 9, 1987, 27.
Al Green & Annie Lennox/Spheres of Celestial Influence