Soul legend Luther Ingram has lost his battle with a kidney disease at the age of 69.
The (IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG) I DON'T WANT TO BE RIGHT singer underwent a kidney transplant several years ago, but has been dogged with illness ever since.
Born in Tennessee, Ingram became a mainstay for the Stax label after moving to back to Memphis following a brief songwriting stint in New York, where he worked with producers JERRY LEIBER and MIKE STOLLER.
Ironically, his death comes as Stax bosses prepare to celebrate the classic soul label's 50th anniversary later this year (07).
As a Stax/Koko artist, Ingram enjoyed a string of hits in the 1970s including AIN'T THAT LOVING YOU (FOR MORE REASONS THAN ONE) and his biggest hit, (If Loving You Is Wrong).
He also co-wrote soul classic RESPECT YOURSELF for the STAPLE SINGERS.