Tuesday, March 20, 2007

RIP Luther Ingram

I have just read that Luther Ingram has passed away at age 69. Ingram, whose "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)" was one of the biggest R&B hits of 1972 and perhaps one of the definitive "cheating" songs of all time, had been in poor health for quite a few years, requiring a kidney transplant in 2001 (the performance footage of Rufus and Carla Thomas in the film Only The Strong Survive comes from a benefit held for Luther in Memphis). I will do an Ingram post at some point this week. As Stax begins to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Luther's passing reminds me of just how important the label's legacy is and how the links to it continue to fade.

1 comment:

soulpeeps said...

Wow. I hadn't heard until your post. 69 is so young by today's standards. Sheesh!

Another great Luther dies too young. What IS it about that name?

R.I.P.