Luther Ingram – 1972 – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right

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:

Buy the AlbumLuther Ingram – 1972 – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right


Conversation for album: Luther Ingram – 1972 – (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right

  • Owl
    Posted at 09:03h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    lovely stuff as usual.. keep it up 🙂

  • andre
    Posted at 06:48h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for this Groovy Emmanuel. new to me so i gotta check it out

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 08:17h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you so much G.M. for your delightful presentation about Luther Ingram. Hope we do more wonderful posts shortly.

  • Donovan
    Posted at 08:21h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Excellent work guys! so grateful for this. I’ll be around for the debut too! Cheers from Lisboa.

  • Henney
    Posted at 08:34h, 16 June 2008 Reply


  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 08:48h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Hey Donovan, enjoy your weekend with some great music and be prepared for a happy ending to the Euro 08 finals. Portugal for the cup!!

  • k02
    Posted at 08:56h, 16 June 2008 Reply


  • Ricardo
    Posted at 09:52h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Luther Ingram – now there’s a classic album if there ever was one. Thanks to Groovy Emmanuel also for this fabulous post. I’d forgotten all about this gem.

  • Kizza
    Posted at 10:25h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    YES! Great album – and thanks a lot!

  • tswift98
    Posted at 11:09h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Appreciate it my man…………

  • Messiah
    Posted at 11:17h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos and Groovy Emmanuel…..i’ll have to admit knew of this song but not much about the artist. Can’t wait to get into this one. Peace

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 14:04h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for sharing.

  • 2lion
    Posted at 14:47h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    this is fantastic, but on a current tip, anyone see Usher on SNL that was sick, killer his band is sweet and the man is a star. i was sleeping.

  • Lookin4crates
    Posted at 15:01h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    thanks again hommie!

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 15:51h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    This is one I have been looking to buy for a very long time but can’t find it anywhere! Thank you Groovy Emmanuel and Nikos! I just finished listening to this sweet soul record. I absolutely love it!!! Respect to you true music lovers who actually share your albums. I will return the favor in any way I can! Peace & Blessings

  • Rich
    Posted at 17:21h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    You cant go wrong with this man thank u nikos will that futures post be coming soon or until end of june

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 17:31h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Brother Arkane1, it is so true, this Luther’s album is a wonderful sweet soul record. I miss this one too but there’s a copy on ebay, Dusty Groove and Groove Collector at the moment. So hurry up. The debut, we’ll post in the next days is very very rare and can’t find it anywhere. There no need to return anything since you have already given us so many great albums (also the rest of the brothers)through the famous 4BB blog. i suggest to all our friends here to visit 4BB every day.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 18:38h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos For this Truly Wonderful Share! Very Much Appreciated

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 20:22h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Amazing post! we love you guys! “If loving you is wrong” is one of my all time fav songs. It has so many covers…

  • manny
    Posted at 20:26h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    I was just listening to the title track the other day at work, good post

  • DJG
    Posted at 20:28h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks a lot guys for another gem! Peace!

  • robert
    Posted at 21:02h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    This is real nice…and very, very smooth. Thanks!

  • synDroMe
    Posted at 21:05h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Hi. Luther Ingram is more than words. Groovy Emmanuel is more than the leader of soul music (and… not only)! Nikos, thanks for THE blog!

  • fooliver
    Posted at 21:13h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Thx 4 this great share!!!

  • Danny
    Posted at 23:56h, 16 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this 😉

  • torsten
    Posted at 03:39h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    I bought this wonderful record recently on ebay. Thanks to Groovy Emanuel for his review which gave me a lot of additional informations. I love Millie Jacksons Version of “If loving you is wrong” but I really appreciate Luther Ingrams Track too.

    Thanks to Nikos for this blog (and his recent posts on Lost-In-Tyme). It let me spend lots of money for records I didnt knew before.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 09:48h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    Torsten, can you imagine how much i spend for my vinyl collection? My paypal account is full! ha! i feel so pround you get those records. Great music after all! “If loving you is wrong” has so many covers (Rod Stewart is a good one too) but Millie’s version might be better even than the original one! Everyone can searh back pages and grap Millie Jackson’s “Caught up” with this cover opening the album, which consider by many as her career high.

  • Numba
    Posted at 09:57h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    Interesting record.

    Thanks a lot !

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 13:53h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    got the next one youre about to post by him “Ive Been Here All The Time”, but I didn’t have this, super-stoked to get to hear it , the clip is excellent, and I don’t even have a copy of that version,,,,”If Loving You Is Wrong” , not sung but Mr Ingram,,,,hats off to Nikos & Groovy Emmanuel!!!!!

  • Mary
    Posted at 16:16h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    great stuff!!!

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 17:20h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Always good stuff.

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 19:18h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    I just got through playing this album – oh man this is sooo good! I remember now why the title track was such a monster back then. Thanks again for this class drop.

  • hooch
    Posted at 20:05h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    Many thanks indeed!

  • ElinorRigby
    Posted at 20:20h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    Such an amazing live performance by Luther on this clip! For instance i felt i was there with those beatiful people around me! what a joy! thank you for sharing classic records with us.

  • hecdolo
    Posted at 21:57h, 17 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for this one…..

  • Jmateo
    Posted at 03:29h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Very good post!

    Thank you for the knowledge in the review and the enjoyment of the music!!

    Hats off


  • OsFunk
    Posted at 05:46h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you nikos and Groovy Emmmnuel for the gem! Fantastic blog!

  • liam
    Posted at 15:14h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Classic stuff! super post by G.M. and nick. i guess tomorrow we’ll enjoy the rare “i’ll be here all the time”. Can’t wait…

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 20:33h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the Luther….I don’t want to be right…..

  • gorgio
    Posted at 05:08h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Fantastic album.Thanks a lot.

  • kirk
    Posted at 05:11h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    I’ve been after this for a long time. i can’t believe it my friend. thanx.

  • johnny boy
    Posted at 15:29h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Great album from a great singer.crazy!!!

  • Supanatural
    Posted at 15:05h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks a lot . pure emotions.

  • B.D.
    Posted at 06:40h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Classic joint from a REAL soul singer!!! Much thanks!!!

  • SP
    Posted at 01:50h, 29 June 2008 Reply

    Nice album – the first I ever heard by Luther Ingram. I first knew ‘If Loving You Is Wrong’ through a version by Busty Brown & the Chosen Few – one of the best reggae records I’ve ever heard. Thanks so much for all these posts – I’ve downloaded a few albums from here and really enjoyed listening to them.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 19:27h, 05 July 2008 Reply

    thank you! I haven’t heard much Luther but now i have a bit of a foundation, beautiful stuff!

  • jorge
    Posted at 01:20h, 24 September 2008 Reply

    I stumbled on the bobby bland recording of “if loving you..”
    a while back, and that led me to this record.
    I’ll have a listen in the morning. It’s available on cd if someone wants to know. ok thanks!

  • titi
    Posted at 22:14h, 15 October 2008 Reply

    merci, merci beaucoup de continuer à faire vivre cette musique magnifique, qui n’est pas du bruit fait avec un ordinateur.

  • Mike
    Posted at 01:28h, 16 October 2008 Reply

    Just played the Bobby Blue Bland version and couldn’t find my Luther Ingram cut. Perfection! Thanks for the rest as well.

  • Chris
    Posted at 22:59h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the posting of Luther Ingram’s album!!! Take Care

  • liam
    Posted at 08:02h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Love Ain’t Gonna Run Me Away, got the 45 in storage so will be great to hear again – Thx for both albums

  • Dan
    Posted at 12:40h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Another beautiful album. Thanks so much.

  • Eddy
    Posted at 03:20h, 01 March 2010 Reply

    merci beaucoup!!! how i missed this gem i’ll never know

  • A. El
    Posted at 02:47h, 20 July 2010 Reply

    Brilliant. Thank you.

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