Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Singer Al Green Attacked in Bathtub

Gospel singer Al Green was attacked in his home on October 18, 1974.
October 18, 1974
A truly bizarre event happened on this day in 1974. Soul singer Al Green, who had become a born-again Christian a year earlier, was attacked in his own bathtub.  Ex-girlfriend, Mary Woodson, burst into the room and poured scalding-hot grits on his back and then shot herself in a bedroom with his own gun. He was left with severe burns and a resolve to step away from pop fame. In 1976, Green became an ordained minister in Memphis, TN and still preaches there. For years he would refuse to perform his old R&B hits and recorded only gospel music, but became more open to it in the late 1980’s.