Tuesday, March 20, 2007

RIP Luther Ingram

Luther Thomas Ingram
1937-2007

R&B legend Luther Ingram got his wings yesterday, March 19th, 2007. He was also one of St. Louis' own, starting & ending his career in the St. Louis areas Metro East (Illinois).

He had battled kidney problems for many years. Note: his birthdate (year) does not seem to be clear. But I am going with 1937.



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From the news services

R&B Great Luther Ingram Dies at 69

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
By Roger Friedman (Fox)


Luther Ingram, the man who co-wrote one of pop music's greatest hits, has died at age 69.

Ingram, whose recording of "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" was a No. 1 hit in 1973, died Monday in St. Louis.

He'd had a kidney transplant several years ago and fought kidney failure for most of the last decade.

Starting out with his brothers as The Gardenias in Alton, Ill., Ingram went on to a solo career with Koko Records, which was distributed by the famous Stax label.

He co-wrote the Staples Singers hit "Respect Yourself" with Sir Mack Rice.

Ingram's other hits included "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)" and "I'll Be Your Shelter (In Time of Storm)."

Survivors include his wife Jacqueline, sons Luther Jr. (Eric) and Kenneth, a sister and five brothers.

Source

Additional article with more background information
Report from NPR Listen here

Playlist A Mirror On America Production

1. If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Wanna Be Right)
2. Get To Me
3. Let's Steal Away, to the Hideaway
4. I Remember
5. Help Me Love
6. I'll Be Your Shelter (in the storm)
7. Missing You
8. Do You Love Somebody?
9. I'm Trying to Sing A Message


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1 comment:

African American Political Pundit said...

Great Post. I love his music. It seems that we are coming to the time when a lot of the old school R&B singers are getting to that age. I know there is no exact age of dying, but when the get up in age it happens. Luther Ingram was a great singer and from what I understand a great writer. He will be missed.