On this day in music history: July 8, 1972 – &…

On this day in music history: July 8, 1972 – “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” by Luther Ingram hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on August 5, 1972. Written by Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson and Carl Hampton, it is the biggest hit for the Tennessee born R&B singer. The song is originally for The Emotions, but the writers change their minds about giving them the song. Two years later, Luther Ingram hears the demo version of the song and asks to record it. Ingram records the track with members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section including Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett, Jimmy Johnson, and Pete Carr. The deeply soulful and sexy song about a married man carrying on an illicit affair with another woman, immediately resonates with the public. Released on Stax’s Koko Records imprint, “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” quickly tops the R&B charts, and becomes a crossover smash on the pop charts, climbing into the top five on the pop singles chart on the heels of its R&B chart success. “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.