Like Little Richard and others, Al Green struggled with the diametric opposites of the secular and the spiritual. Is it any wonder since Green's musical roots are steeped in gospel? Some attribute his mid-'70s conversion from romantic love songs to more message-oriented inspirational songs to his October 1974 brush with death when ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson threw a pot of hot grits on the singer while he was taking a shower before taking her own life; others say it began after Green took a near fatal fall from a Cincinnati stage in 1979; while the singer himself says that he became a born-again Christian in 1973. For a latter-day perspective, read Green's 2000 autobiography Take Me to the River. Then again, a listen to the radio-aired LP track "Jesus Is Waiting" from his 1973 LP, Call Me, shows that the seeds had been planted. On "L-O-V-E (LOVE)," Green sings of salvation and heaven against a string section that at times mirrors Philly soul. Producer Willie Mitchell admittedly was an admirer of Gamble, Huff, and Thom Bell. Written by Green, Mitchell, and guitarist Mabon Hodges, "L-O-V-E (LOVE)" laid at number one R&B for two weeks in spring 1975.