June 14, 1942, is the date the vibrant, soulful, pleading voice of Garland Green was first showcased as a newborn. Green was the tenth of 11 children. Though born in Dunlieth, MS, he attended school in nearby Leyland, where he sang in the school's gospel group. In 1958 he moved to Chicago, IL, to complete his education at Englewood High. He worked after school and sang with groups or soloed on weekends. He met his first mentor when he was singing in a pool room. Argia B. Collins owned a string of barbecue joints and even manufactured his own sauce, called Mumbo. Impressed by Green's voice and not knowing what else to do, Collins paid for Green to attend the Chicago Conservatory of Music for two years. While in school studying piano and voice he performed at local clubs nightly.