|Birth name||Benjamin William Lattimore|
|Born||September 7, 1939|
Charleston, Tennessee, U.S.
|Genres||Blues, R&B, soul|
|Labels||Dade, Glades, Malaco|
Benjamin William Lattimore (born September 7, 1939), known professionally as Latimore, is an American blues and R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. In 2017, Latimore was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame.
Life and career
Latimore was born in Charleston, Tennessee, and was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the blues. His first professional experience came as a pianist for various Florida-based groups including Steve Alaimo. He first recorded around 1965 for Henry Stone's Dade record label in Miami, Florida. 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 No. 27 on the R&B chart.
Latimore's first national hit was "If You Were My Woman," a gender-modified cover of "If I Were Your Woman" (written by Pam Sawyer, Clay McMurray and Gloria Jones and first popularized by Gladys Knight & the Pips), which reached No. 70 on the R&B chart. His biggest success came in 1974, with "Let's Straighten It Out", a No. 1 R&B hit, which also reached No. 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed it up with more hits, including "Keep The Home Fire Burnin'" (No. 5 R&B, 1975) and "Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha" (No. 7 R&B, 1976). The hits dissipated in the late 1970s.
"He likes what he's singing so much that he doesn't have to go for the simulated high emotion of some fancy vocal embellishment—he just puts those lyrics across, intelligent and matter-of-fact, as if you've never heard them before, which maybe you haven't."
—More More More Latimore review in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981)
Latimore moved to Malaco Records in 1982, releasing seven albums of modern blues 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.
Later, Latimore collaborated with Henry Stone on a new record label called LatStone; which released his first new album in six years, 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, and made an appearance in May 2014 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
- 1973 Latimore
- 1974 More, More, More Latimore, (Let's Straighten It Out) - Black Albums No. 13
- 1975 Latimore III - Black Albums No. 49
- 1976 It Ain't Where You Been...It's Where You're Goin' - Pop Albums No. 181, Black Albums No. 47
- 1978 Dig a Little Deeper - Black Albums No. 51
- 1980 Getting Down to Brass Tacks
- 1982 Singing in the Key of Love - Black Albums No. 61
- 1983 I'll Do Anything for You - Black Albums No. 66, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 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 No. 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
- 1974: "If You Were My Woman" - Black Singles No. 70
- 1974: "Let's Straighten It Out" - Black Singles No. 1, Pop Singles No. 31
- 1975: "Keep the Home Fire Burnin'" - Black Singles No. 5
- 1975: "There's a Red-Neck in the Soul Band" - Black Singles No. 36
- 1976: "Qualified Man" - Black Singles No. 43
- 1977: "I Get Lifted" - Black Singles No. 30
- 1977: "Let Me Live the Life I Love" - Black Singles No. 49
- 1977: "Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha" - Black Singles No. 7, Pop Singles No. 37
- 1979: "Dig a Little Deeper" - Black Singles No. 42
- 1979: "Goodbye Heartache" - Black Singles No. 82
- 1979: "Long Distance Love" - Black Singles No. 75
- 1980: "Discoed to Death" - Black Singles No. 68
- 1986: "Sunshine Lady" - Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks No. 76
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Blues (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 229/230. ISBN 0-85112-673-1.
- "BLUES HALL OF FAME - ABOUT/Inductions - Blues Foundation". Blues.org. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
- "Soul-Patrol Salutes Soul Music Icon Benny Latimore & his New CD: The Early Years". Soul-patrol.com. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- "Latimore - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: L". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Robertchristgau.com. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- "All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2017.