Latimore (musician)

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Latimore
Latimore.jpg
Latimore in October 1983
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Latimore
Also known as Benny Latimore
Born (1939-09-07) September 7, 1939 (age 74)
Charleston, Tennessee, United States
Genres R&B, disco, soul
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments vocals, piano
Years active 1965–present
Labels Dade, Glades, Malaco

Benjamin "Benny" Latimore (born September 7, 1939) known professionally simply as Latimore, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and pianist.

Early years[edit]

He was born in Charleston, Tennessee, and was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the blues.[1] His first professional experience came as a pianist for various Florida-based groups including Joe Henderson and Steve Alaimo. He first recorded around 1965 for Henry Stone's Dade record label in Miami, Florida.[2] In the early 1970s he moved to the Glades label, and had his first major hit in 1973 with a jazzy reworking of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday", which reached #27 on the R&B chart.

His first national hit was "If You Were My Woman," a gender-modified cover of "If I Were Your Woman" (written by Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones and first popularized by Gladys Knight & the Pips), which reached #70 on the R&B chart. His biggest success came in 1974, with "Let's Straighten It Out", a #1 R&B hit which also reached #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed it up with more hits including "Keep The Home Fire Burnin'" (#5 R&B, 1975) and "Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha" (#7 R&B, 1976). The hits dissipated in the late 1970s.

Latimore moved to Malaco Records in 1982, releasing seven albums of modern soul music with that label. He briefly left the label in 1994 and released a song for the J-Town label, "Turning Up The Mood", before returning to Malaco in 2000 with: "You're Welcome To Ride". Next Latimore recorded an album with Mel Waiters' label, Brittney Records, called Latt Is Back.[3]

Later, Latimore collaborated with Henry Stone on a new record label called LatStone; which released his first new album in six years called: Back 'Atcha.

He has continued to work as a session pianist. He appeared most recently on Joss Stone's albums, The Soul Sessions (2003) and Mind, Body & Soul (2004), along with fellow Miami music veterans Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas and Willie Hale.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

1971 Latimore
1972 More, More, More Latimore, Black Albums 13
1973 Latimore III, Black Albums 49
1974 Let's Straighten It Out
1975 Dig A Little Deeper, Black Albums 51
1976 It Ain't Where You Been...It's Where You're Goin', Pop Albums 181, Black Albums 47
1980 Getting Down To Brass Tacks
1982 Singing In The Key Of Love, Black Albums 61
1983 I'll Do Anything For You, Black Albums 66, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 67
1985 Good Time Man
1986 Every Way But Wrong
1987 Slow Down
1991 The Only Way Is Up, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 34
1993 Catchin' Up
1995 Best Of Latimore: Sweet Vibrations
1995 Straighten It Out: The Best Of Latimore
1996 Turnin' Up The Mood
1998 All You'll Ever Need
2000 You're Welcome To Ride
2003 Latt Is Back
2004 Sweet Vibrations: The Best Of Latimore
2005 The Early Years
2007 Back 'Atcha
2009 All About The Rhythm And The Blues
2010 Live In Vienna
2011 Ladies Choice
2012 Henry Stones's Best Of: Latimore
2013 Latimore Remembers Ray Charles

Chart singles[edit]

1974 If You Were My Woman, Black Singles 70
1974 Let's Straighten It Out, Black Singles 1, Pop Singles 31
1975 Keep The Home Fire Burnin', Black Singles 5
1975 There's A Red-Neck In The Soul Band, Black Singles 36
1976 Qualified Man, Black Singles 43
1977 I Get Lifted, Black Singles 30
1977 Let Me Live The Life I Love, Black Singles 49
1977 Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha, Black Singles 7, Pop Singles 37
1979 Dig A Little Deeper, Black Singles 42
1979 Goodbye Heartache, Black Singles 82
1979 Long Distance Love, Black Singles 75
1980 Discoed to Death, Black Singles 68
1986 Sunshine Lady, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 76

References[edit]

[1] The complete Latimore Story at Soul Express]

[2] Latimore's full album discography at Soul Express]