Thursday, October 13, 2011

Luther Ingram

Artist: Luther Ingram
LP: I've Been Here All the Time
Song: "Be Good to Me Baby"
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My heart filled with Glee upon finding Jay Fischer's old copy of this terrific 1972 Luther Ingram record when I was driving through Lima, Ohio a few months ago. Born in Jackson, Tennessee in 1937, Ingram recorded his first single when he was 28 years old. He's best known for his hit version of "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)," which made it to #1 on the U.S. R&B charts and went to #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Check the link below to see Ingram performing the song live at a show in 1972, and click here to listen to a SwiiSs KiD Legacy song that samples Luther's voice after turning him into a chipmunk. "Be Good to Me Baby" was also released as a single, but it only went to #21 on the R&B charts and to #97 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ingram's "I've Been Here All the Time" LP went to #21 on the R&B charts, and peaked at #175 on Billboard's Top 200 chart for pop/rock albums. I've dug up an ad for the record from the January 27, 1972 edition of Jet; you can see it below. To read more about the handsome and talented Mr. Ingram, visit Wikipedia here and the Stax Records website here.

Luther Ingram on YouTube:

[ Luther Ingram: November 30, 1937 — March 19, 2007 ]

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