The Story Behind “Let’s Stay Together”~
Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together is a timeless classic and one of the most requested songs on The Nite Lite. Find out more about this song that touches so many hearts and spans generations…
Let’s Stay Together by Al Green is about an unconditional love where you are determined to stick it out through good times and bad, and is a very popular wedding song.
Al Green wrote this with Al Jackson Jr., a legendary Soul drummer who recorded with Booker T. & the MG’s; and Willie Mitchell, who was Green’s producer.
According to Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 songs: after Willie Mitchell gave Al Green a rough mix of a tune he and drummer Al Jackson had developed, Green wrote the lyrics in 5 minutes. However, Green didn’t want to record the song and for 2 days he argued with Willie Mitchell before finally agreeing to cut it.
The song has appeared in such movies as The Ladies’ Man, On the Line, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Munich. The song was featured in a scene from the film Pulp Fiction, where it is playing in the background. It’s on the stereo in the bar, where we first confront Bruce Willis’ poker face while Ving Rhames gives him the “pride only hurts” speech.
In 1984 Tina Turner’s cover of this song revitalized her career, returning her to the charts in both the UK & US for the first time for over a decade.
After explaining how he idolized Al Green growing up in Tennessee, Justin Timberlake sang this with the Reverend at the Grammy awards in 2009 with Boyz II Men and Keith Urban joining in the song. This performance was a last-minute addition to the show, as Rihanna and Chris Brown, who were both scheduled to perform, canceled after an altercation the night before.
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