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Luther Ingram - Pity for the Lonely

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 LocoBop compilation entitled Pity For The Lonely 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 My Honey and Me, How Sweet It Would Be, Ainít That Loving You For More Reasons Than One, and Be Good To Me.

   
 

PITY FOR THE LONELY

HOW SWEET IT WOULD BE

MY HONEY AND ME

AINíT THAT LOVING YOU FOR MORE REASONS THAN ONE

BE GOOD TO ME

FUNNY LITTLE PEOPLE

IíLL LOVE YOU UNTIL THE END

IíLL LOVE YOU UNTIL THE END (Alt. Version)

TO THE OTHER MAN

YOU WERE MADE FOR ME

 
 

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