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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.

Lutherís talent and the quality of the songs he recorded certainly entitle him to be on anybodyís list of top tier male vocalists from his era. Itís hard to think of anyone better. He tends to be overshadowed, perhaps, because his catalogue output is relatively meager (only four albums from his Koko years). Still, those albums remain classically relevant to connoisseurs of sweet soul music. The 12 tracks selected for this retrospective on Lutherís best years were recorded either at Stax, backed by the Barkays or Isaac Hayesís band, or in Muscle Shoals with the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

 
 


 
 

(IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT

OH BABY, YOU CAN DEPEND ON ME

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

PITY FOR THE LONELY

ALWAYS

I'M TRYING TO SING A MESSAGE TO YOU

I'VE GOT YOUR LOVE IN MY LIFE

SWEET INSPIRATION

GET TO ME

IíLL LOVE YOU UNTIL THE END

I LIKE THE FEELING

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

     

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