Love And Happiness – Al Green | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: R&B (#92); 1977

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

From Tired Of Being Alone to Love And Happiness the team of Al Green and Willie Mitchell accounted for 17 R&B chart records in less than six years. Eleven of ’em went Top 3, six went all the way, and eight went gold.

Al’s streak started strongly in 1972 when he launched three records to the top of the R&B chart. Let’s Stay Together, I’m Still In Love With You, and You Ought To Be With Me. In 1973 he released two classic #2’s – Call Me (Come Back Home) and Here I Am (Come And Take Me), and opened up 1974 with a fourth #1, Livin’ For You.

And so it went through two more chart toppers: 1975’s L-O-V-E (Love) and Full Of Fire. Al Green and Willie Mitchell’s swan song single, Love And Happiness, harkened back to headier days.

It was conceived during one of Green and Mitchell’s regular retreats to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Although written at the same time as I’m Still In Love With You and released on Green’s like titled album in 1972, it didn’t appear until 1977.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Willie Mitchell

Lyrics Written by:

  • Al Green
  • Teenie Hodges