Al Green - Love and Happiness - 1972

Introduction to "Love and Happiness" by Al Green (1972)

Love and Happiness, a timeless classic by Al Green, released in 1972, not only showcases the unique blend of soul and rhythm and blues but also highlights the era's cultural and musical landscape. In this course, you'll dive into the history, lyrics, and impact of this iconic song, understanding its place in music history and Al Green's career.

Background of "Love and Happiness"

Al Green emerged as a significant figure in soul music during the 1970s. "Love and Happiness" was written by Green and Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, with its sound characterized by a mix of smooth organ lines, a distinctive rhythm section, and Green's passionate vocal delivery. The song has since become synonymous with the soul genre and is notable for its influence on subsequent artists and its lasting popularity.

  1. Al Green's Biography
  2. Soul Music in the 1970s
  3. Rhythm and Blues Influences

Musical Elements of "Love and Happiness"

This section focuses on the musical composition of "Love and Happiness." Explore the song's structure, instrumentation, and vocal style. You'll gain insight into how these elements combine to create a soulful masterpiece.

  1. Understanding Music Composition
  2. Al Green's Vocal Style
  3. Instruments in Soul Music

Cultural and Historical Context

In the early 1970s, music was deeply intertwined with cultural and social movements. "Love and Happiness" was released in a time of significant change and reflects the era's social dynamics. This section will explore how the song relates to broader cultural and historical themes of the 1970s.

  1. 1970s Music Scene
  2. Social Movements and Music
  3. The Historical Context of Soul Music

Lyrics and Interpretation

The lyrics of "Love and Happiness" are a vital aspect of its enduring appeal. Here, you'll analyze the song's lyrics, discuss themes of love and emotion, and explore various interpretations of the song.

  1. Analyzing Lyrics
  2. Themes of Love in Music
  3. Interpreting "Love and Happiness"

Quiz: Questions on the Song

What year was "Love and Happiness" released? (1972) (!1969) (!1975) (!1980)

Who co-wrote "Love and Happiness" with Al Green? (Mabon "Teenie" Hodges) (!Booker T. Jones) (!Willie Mitchell) (!David Porter)

What genre does "Love and Happiness" primarily represent? (Soul) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!Disco)

Which instrument is prominent in "Love and Happiness"? (Organ) (!Guitar) (!Saxophone) (!Drums)

What is a distinctive feature of Al Green's vocal style in the song? (Passionate delivery) (!Falsetto) (!Rapping) (!Whispering)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

In what state was Al Green born? (Arkansas) (!Tennessee) (!Mississippi) (!Alabama)

Which album features "Love and Happiness"? (I'm Still in Love with You) (!Let's Stay Together) (!Al Green Gets Next to You) (!Call Me)

What is Al Green's birth name? (Albert Leornes Greene) (!Albert Green Jr.) (!Alphonso Green) (!Albert Green Smith)

Which musical style did Al Green help to define in the 1970s? (Soul) (!Rock) (!Blues) (!Funk)

Apart from singing, what is another role Al Green took on later in his life? (Pastor) (!Actor) (!Dancer) (!Painter)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

What is a key theme in the lyrics of "Love and Happiness"? (Love and its power) (!Travel and adventure) (!Heartbreak and sorrow) (!Social change)

How do the lyrics of "Love and Happiness" start? ("Love and happiness") (!"Something that can make you do wrong") (!"I'm so in love with you") (!"A love that's true")

What emotion is predominantly conveyed in the song? (Joy and contentment) (!Anger and frustration) (!Despair and loneliness) (!Indifference and detachment)

The lyrics suggest that love can make you do what? ("Something that can make you do wrong, make you do right") (!"Cry and laugh") (!"Dance all night") (!"Forget your fears")

Which of these lines is NOT in "Love and Happiness"? (!"A love that's deeper than the ocean") ("Love and happiness") ("Something that can make you do wrong, make you do right") ("Happiness is when you really feel good about somebody")


Al Green's Birth Year 1946
Song Genre Soul
Co-Writer of the Song Mabon "Teenie" Hodges
Key Instrument in the Song Organ
Album Featuring the Song I'm Still in Love with You

Open Tasks


  1. Research task: Find out more about the early life of Al Green and write a short summary.
  2. Listening task: Listen to "Love and Happiness" and describe how it makes you feel.
  3. Drawing task: Create an artwork inspired by the lyrics of "Love and Happiness."


  1. Music analysis: Analyze the song's structure and instrumentation.
  2. Essay task: Write about the influence of soul music in the 1970s.
  3. Discussion task: Discuss how "Love and Happiness" reflects the social and cultural changes of its time.


  1. Composition task: Compose a short piece of music inspired by "Love and Happiness."
  2. Research project: Investigate the lasting impact of Al Green's music on contemporary artists.
  3. Interview project: Interview people who experienced the 1970s and ask about their memories associated with "Love and Happiness."

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the role of soul music in the 1970s: Discuss how soul music, exemplified by songs like "Love and Happiness," influenced the music industry and culture in the 1970s.
  2. Interpretation of lyrics: Explain your personal interpretation of "Love and Happiness" and how it might differ from its general understanding.
  3. Cultural impact: Discuss the cultural impact of Al Green's music, particularly focusing on "Love and Happiness."
  4. Evolution of Al Green's music: Describe how Al Green's music evolved over the years and how "Love and Happiness" fits within his broader discography.
  5. Comparative analysis: Compare "Love and Happiness" with another soul song from the same era, focusing on themes and musical style.

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