Benjamin Latimore, 7 September 1939, Charleston, Tennessee, USA. This singer, who performed under his surname only, brought a blues feeling to 70s soul music. His passionate vocal delivery and keyboard-dominated style was particularly popular with his female audience. Latimore sang gospel music as a child in his familys Baptist church but did not sing professionally until his first year of college, where he worked with a group called the Hi-Toppers. The group had already recorded for Excello Records when Latimore took over the piano position; he never recorded with the group but remained with them until 1962. At that time he joined Joe Hendersons revue as pianist, and with that group backed artists such as Ben E. King, Slim Harpo and Jimmy Reed in concert. Latimore left Henderson in 1964 and worked as an opening act for teen-idol Steve Alaimo. He also recorded some unsuccessful singles for the Dade label at this time, but finally achieved a hit in 1973 for the related Glades label, with a remake of T-Bone Walkers Stormy Monday. The following year Latimore reached his commercial height with a number 1 R&B single, Lets Straighten It Out. He charted with 13 singles in total for Glades during the 70s, reaching the R&B Top 10 twice more. In 1982, he switched to Malaco Records, for whom he continues to record, although quite infrequently.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.