Al Green is almost as famous for getting hot grits thrown on him back in 1974 as he is for his music. But most of us forgot that the woman that did it — his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson — killed herself with Al’s gun after the incident.
It took Al Green months of hospitalization and rehab to recover from the physical damage. He never really got over the emotional trauma. The attack changed Al forever and helped prompt him to leave pop music and the life and return to his gospel roots.