500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Al Green, 'Love and Happiness'

Writers: Green, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges
Producer: Willie Mitchell
Released: June '72, Hi
12 weeks; No. 3

"Sixty percent of my audience are women," Green once said. "And a woman is more sensitive than a man, especially in the area of love and happiness." Hodges wrote the urgent, romantic "Love and Happiness" one morning in between having sex with his girlfriend and watching wrestling on TV. Green recently claimed that Hodges sang him the opening guitar riff on a road trip and they drove 160 miles back to Memphis to record it that night. He has described the song as "like a slow fever, building on the beat, pushing up the temperature with each breath of the staccato horns and pushing through delirium as we came up on the fade."

Appears on: I'm Still in Love With You (Capitol) 

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