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Number 76

Al Green - Let's Stay Together (London HLU 10348 - 1971)

With most of the great music being recorded in 1971, especially in terms of what we now think of as classic albums, the singles charts could also provide some memorable moments in a wide range of styles and genres. The soulful sound of Al Green seemed to be just the thing our ears needed at a time when rock music filled the radio airwaves and the concert halls up and down the country. Let's Stay Together, co-written by producer Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson, provided Green with his biggest hit and a song that continues to be used in both film and television and also holds the distinction of being one of the few songs Barack Obama has performed in public.