Wednesday, March 21, 2007

LUTHER INGRAM, 69

Brother Robert gets the point for a 4:32 a.m. alert. Brother Richard also flags us, but at an hour when people are actually awake.

Ingram is best known for a monster hit song, "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)." The Associated Press reports:
Ingram died Monday at a Belleville, Illinois, hospital of heart failure, friend and journalist Bernie Hayes said Tuesday. He had suffered for years from diabetes, kidney disease and partial blindness, his wife, Jacqui Ingram, said.

Ingram performed with Ike Turner at clubs in East St. Louis, roomed with Jimi Hendrix in New York and was the opening act for Isaac Hayes. He recorded through the 1980s and performed in concert until the mid-1990s, when his health began declining.

"His instrument was his voice; his heart and head were his inspiration," said Hayes, a St. Louis journalist, disc jockey and author of "The Death of Black Radio."
Another great from Ingram's pen included "Respect Yourself," co-written with Sir Mack Rice.

5 comments:

Richard said...

Brother Bob really needs to get some sleep. That's WAY too early in the morning for me.

Anonymous said...

Who?

Anonymous said...

anon 406: a better singer and songwriter than you.

Art Morris said...

Oh God, I feel old. I remember spinning "If Loving You is Wrong" (Koko Records) in the summer of 1972, when I was the all night jock at KOTN-AM in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I was 18 at the time.

Don't know who played the Hammond B3 on that cut, but it was fabulous. It might have been Booker T, since the record was cut in Memphis.

Anonymous said...

Barry Beckett, keyboardist with the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section Shatfield, Alabama played on Luther's hit,If Loving You Is Wrong".