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

He 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 Joe Henderson and 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 #27 on the R&B chart.

His first national hit was a cover of Gladys Knight's "If You Were My Woman" (#70 R&B). His biggest success came in 1974, with "Let's Straighten It Out", an R&B chart #1 which also reached #31 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 charts. 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). However, the hits dried up in the late 1970s.

Latimore moved to Malaco Records in 1982, resulting in seven albums worth of modern soul music. 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 he recorded one album with Mel Waiters' label Brittney Records called "Latt is Back".

After several years he collaborated on a new record label with Henry Stone called LatStone, which issued his first new album in six years called "Back 'Atcha".

He has also 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.




1973 Latimore
1974 More, More, More, Black Albums 13
1975 Latimore II, Black Albums 49
1977 It Ain't Where You Been..., Pop Albums 181, Black Albums 47
1979 Dig A Little Deeper, Black Albums 51
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
1988 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
2004 Sweet Vibrations: The Best of Latimore
2007 Latimore Back Atcha

Chart singles

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
1991 I Need a Good Woman Bad, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 86


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