Luther Ingram – 1972 – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right
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This is Luther Ingram’s week brothers as you have requested it!
But first, let me say a few words how we’ve come here. I met Groovy Emmanuel through the comment section of this blog. His comments were of the most vital and interesting ever posted to this blog since its opening in May 2008, comments that, in my opinion, point out a deep knowledge of black music in general. Having an almost daily communication with him since then, Groovy Emmanuel suggested and I gladly agreed to send me some vinyl albums out of his collection so I can post them. And here we start with two of Luther Ingram’s Koko releases we’re going to post this week. First the 1972 classic “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right”. I also asked Groovy Emmanuel to look after the reviews, and here we go brothers with his own words…
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Koko record including covers.
A1 (If Loving You Is Wrong)I Don’t Want To Be Right (3:32)
A2 I’ll Be Your Shelter (In Time Of Storm) (3:20)
A3 Always (4:25)
A4 Dying & Crying (3:48)
A5 Help Me Love (3:47)
B1 I’m Trying To Sing A Message To You (4:20)
B2 I Remember (3:20)
B3 I’ll Love You Until The End (5:21)
B4 Love Ain’t Gonna Run Me Away (5:05)
B5 I Can’t Stop (3:16)
“It is odd enough brothers, every time we think of Luther Ingram, Stax Records comes in mind somehow, even though Luther never recorded for the famous Memphis label. It is southern groove aura after all.
Luther was born a few miles from Memphis in Jackson Tennessee and after a long period bouncing around in various projects, he signed to tiny Koko Records based nearby Memphis. And thus got connected to Stax, after Koko made a deal for Stax distribution in 1969. There he hooked up with in-house songwriter Mack Rice (of ‘Mustang Sally’ fame) and in 1971 the duo penned one of the all time greatest soul anthems in Staple Singers’ ‘Respect Yourself‘. In fact, Mack wrote the melody after a conversation he had with Luther, where Luther himself stated something along the line ‘black folk need to learn to respect themselves’. The track was recorded down route 72 Memphis at the Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama where several of Stax’s writers have already made the trek to 3614 Jackson Highway doing sessions for the label. One of the first songs produced there, was Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson and Carl Hampton’s (a fine Stax songwriting trio) gem ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right‘. The song was to be cut by a newcomer to Stax young lady named Veda Brown, but unfortunately for Veda Stax chose not to release it (!) to the benefit of both Koko and Luther who recorded it shortly after and stormed his way to #1 r’n’b and #3 pop. Not a bad thing for Stax either, since it distributed it nationally. It proved so popular that Stax made sure it appeared in both the Wattstax movie documentary and accompanying soundtrack, even though Luther didn’t even perform at the LA Coliseum benefit concert, by arranging to record Luther singing on a soundstage before an appreciative audience (see video below).
To cut it short fellas, this is the second of Luther’s albums in Koko, named after the million seller single, recorded at Muscle Shoals and is fully packed with a number of excellent tracks and further hits in ‘I’ll Be Your Shelter (In Time Of Storm)’, ‘Always’ and the beautiful road song ‘Love Ain’t Gonna Run Me Away’.
This is for you music lovers around the world, an homage to this wonderful performer, the late Luther Ingram and a standing ovation to one of the biggest rhythm sections in r’n’b saga, the Muscle Shoals in house band. Respect.”
So, Big Up! Groovy Emmanuel and hope we have some more great posts, shortly.
Listen to If Loving You Is Wrong: