Margaret Foxworth

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Margaret Foxworth was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Her father, the late Johnnie Foxworth, own and operated Johnnie's South of the Border Lounge on Scovil Avenue. The King Kennedy Projects on the…
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Margaret Foxworth was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Her father, the late Johnnie Foxworth, own and operated Johnnie's South of the Border Lounge on Scovil Avenue. The King Kennedy Projects on the East, and the Outwaithe Homes Public Housing Projects on the West sandwich the one-block street known as the infamous "short" Scovil. She attended Hoban-Domican High, but transferred to East Technical High after a couple of semesters; her cousin, Cynthia Woodard, who later sang with Tom Jones, also attended Tech.

She sang solo before joining the La-Tells with Regina "Cookie" Penn, Sandra Williams, and Tommie Hill-Sanders. Nothing happened until she met Al Green, who was hot with a string of hits, and became one of his backup singers. Her first professional gig was at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, OH, a Cleveland suburb. Even though Green gave her money for outfits, she still didn't believe it was going to happen, so she only told her mother. "What if he changed his mind, and I'd told a lot of people?" She shocked locals when she sauntered on-stage with the others, and the crowd went wild when Green introduced her as Cleveland's own.

Green's career changed after the grits/suicide incident, and he distanced himself from secular music. The Belle Album mixes soul and gospel, and while Margaret contributed to many of the songs on that album, she's only credited as the vocal arranger. It was the first album Green produced in his new recording studio. She toured everywhere with the singer, including Scotland and Japan, where he recorded his Live in Tokyo album. She still occasionally tours with Green, and worked with him on his early gospel albums. They have a son together, Al Green, Jr., who lives in Cleveland.

She lived in Memphis for a spell but came home when Green started his ministry. She sang with Truth on their Coming Home, album on Devaki Records in 1980. Truth was a five-man group, six strong with Margaret, but only two members -- Larry Hancock, and Leo Green -- are on the cover. Margaret and the other guys, Phil Coghill, Will Thomas, and William Grover appeared with the Dells, Stephanie Mills, Teddy Pendergrass, and others, as Truth, so the snub hurt. Margaret works, and talks about getting together with Cynthia Woodward to form a group. She's a member of the Holy Trinity Saint Edwards' Church in Cleveland, OH, and sings in the choir, performing most of the solos.