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Memphis gospel: Al Green’s Church

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Memphis has been renowned for its gospel music since the Thirties, when Rev Herbert Brewster wrote Mahalia Jackson’s Move On Up a Little Higher. Following a religious revelation, the consummate soul stylist Al Green, who achieved chart success for Hi Records with hits like Let’s Stay Together and Tired of Being Alone, has since the early 1980s ministered at his own Full Gospel Tabernacle, at 787 Hale Rd in the leafy suburb of Whitehaven. Visitors are welcome at the 11am Sunday services; continue a mile south of Graceland, then turn west (phone ahead to check he’s in town; t 901/396-9192; w http://www.algreen.com). While they’re very much church services rather than concerts, Green remains a charismatic performer and he does sing, backed by a smoking soul band. For more on Memphis music.

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