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Luther Ingram remains best remembered for the plaintive 1972 ballad
(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right. Written by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson and Carl Hampton, the song sold over a million copies, reached number one on Billboard magazine's R&B chart, and peaked at number three on the Hot 100 chart. It was later recorded by Rod Stewart, Millie Jackson, and Barbara Mandrell, among others.
 

Luther was also a gifted songwriter, teaming with Mack Rice to co-write the Staple Singers' classic empowerment anthem "Respect Yourself."
 

Although Ingram last scored a hit on the Profile label in the 1986 with Baby Don't Go Too Far, his most prolific period was 1970 - 1978 for Koko Records, charting with Let's Steal Away to the Hideaway, I'll Be Your Shelter in Time of Storm, I'm Trying to Sing a Message to You, Always, I'll Just Call You Honey, Do You Love Somebody, and others.
 

This album entitled QUINTESSENTIAL contains ten great tracks from Lutherís Koko period, recorded either at Stax, backed by the Barkays or Isaac Hayesís band, The Movement, or in Muscle Shoals with the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
 

Standout tracks include Iíll Just Call You Honey, Letís Steal Away to the Hideaway, and Itís Too Much.

 
 


 
 

PITY FOR THE LONELY

I'LL BE YOUR SHELTER (IN TIME OF STORM)

ALWAYS

MY HONEY AND ME

I'LL JUST CALL YOU HONEY

I'M TRYING TO SING A MESSAGE TO YOU

LET'S STEAL AWAY TO THE HIDEAWAY

DO YOU LOVE SOMEBODY

IT'S TOO MUCH

AINíT THAT LOVING YOU FOR MORE REASONS THAN ONE

     

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