On Sunday evening, both Al Green and David Letterman were in Washington DC for the 37th Kennedy Center Honors. The former was there to be honored while the latter was on hand to recognize another honoree, Tom Hanks. But Letterman is a long-time fan of Green’s music, so he made sure to acknowledge the soul singing reverend himself, inviting Green as a guest on last night’s episode of Late Show.
Accompanied by Paul Schafer and the CBS Orchestra, Green dazzled with performances of “Tired of Being Alone” and “Let’s Stay Together”. 68 years young and the guy still sounds incredible.
Lily Tomlin, Sting, and ballerina Patricia McBride also received 2014 KenCen recognitions. Letterman was honored in 2012. As Variety reports, Stephen Colbert snuck up behind Letterman during his speech for Hanks and made a slight “ahem.” Poking fun at his future replacement, Letterman responded, “Not yet.”