Luther Ingram, best known for his passionate turn on the 1972 R&B/pop hit "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to be Right," has died.

Luther Ingram, best known for his passionate turn on the 1972 R&B/pop hit "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to be Right," has died. The
69-year-old singer/songwriter succumbed to kidney disease yesterday (March 19) in St. Louis. He had undergone a kidney transplant several years ago.

Born in Jackson, Tenn., Ingram moved to New York in 1966 to record with producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Relocating to Memphis two years later, Ingram began scoring a string of hits on the Koko label. The label was owned by producer Johnny Baylor and distributed by Stax, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Ingram became one of Stax's chart mainstays. Notching his first top 10 R&B hit in 1970, "Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)," he enjoyed his biggest showing (No. 1 R&B; No. 3 pop) with "(If Loving You Is Wrong)..."

Subsequent R&B hits include "Ill Be Your Shelter (In Time of Storm)" and "Always." Ingram, who also wrote the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" with Sir Mack Rice, later recorded for Profile in the mid-1980s.

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