Luther Ingram an American R&B
singer-songwriter. His most successful record, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
", reached no. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart
and no. 3 on the Hot 100
Born Luther Thomas Ingram
, his early interest in music led to him making his first record
in 1965 at the age of 28. His first three recordings failed to chart but that changed when he signed for KoKo Records in the late 1960s, and his first hit "My Honey and Me" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100
on 14 February 1970. Many of his songs
appeared in the pop
and R&B charts
, even though Koko was only a small label
, owned by his manager
and record producer
, Johnny Baylor. Koko and Baylor were closely associated with the Memphis
based Stax Records
label during the height of its commercial success.
Ingram is best known for the hit, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
", written by Homer Banks,
Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson
. The song reached number one
's R&B chart
and peaked at number three on that publication's Hot 100
chart in the summer of 1972. The track stayed in the Hot 100 for 18 weeks, ultimately selling a reported four million copies.
Other popular tracks for Ingram included "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)", "Let's Steal Away to the Hideaway" and "I'll Be Your Shelter (In Time of Storm)". He also co-authored "Respect Yourself
", a million seller for the Staple Singers
LUTHER INGRAM’S TRIBUTE BAND:
In memory and tribute to Luther Ingram, his former Band Director, musician & best family friend, Freddie G. “BOOM BOOM” Washington has formed “Luther Ingram Tribute Band” in 2019. Luther & Freddie also contributed to the recording of the song “TESTIFY” in 1978 featuring Fontella Bass, along with a few others songs written for Warner Bros Records.
Luther’s music legacy will be continued though his younger brother, Frank Ingram, of Los Angeles, CA. as lead vocalist.