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Al Green: Turned down 'Together' time with Obamas

FILE - This July 5, 2009 file photo shows Al Green performing during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Jennifer Hudson sang Green's classic "Let's Stay Together," at an inaugural ball Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, leaving many to wonder why the soul legend wasn't singing his own hit for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. In a statement to The Associated Press, his representative said Green had been asked to sing, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending Monday's festivities. Green said he'd be honored to sing for the president in the future. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)FILE - This July 5, 2009 file photo shows Al Green performing during the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Jennifer Hudson sang Green's classic "Let's Stay Together," at an inaugural ball Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, leaving many to wonder why the soul legend wasn't singing his own hit for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. In a statement to The Associated Press, his representative said Green had been asked to sing, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending Monday's festivities. Green said he'd be honored to sing for the president in the future. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

Al Green says if things had worked out, it would have been him serenading President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle at the inaugural ball.

Jennifer Hudson sang Green's classic "Let's Stay Together," leaving many to wonder why the soul legend wasn't singing his own hit for the first couple.

In a statement to The Associated Press, his representative said Green had been asked to sing, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending Monday's festivities. Green said he'd be honored to sing for the president in the future.

President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance as singer Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance as singer Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The Presidential Inaugural Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Obama famously sang a snippet of the song at an event last year that Green attended.

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Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP's global entertainment and lifestyles editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi