b. 2 August 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. A former member of the Soul Consolidators gospel group, in the late '50s, Banks worked as a clerk in the offices of the Satellite Studio, in Memphis, hoping that the emergent label, later to become Stax, would recognize his talent as a singer and songwriter. At the same time, across town the songwriting partnership of Isaac Hayes and David Porter were having a similar problem at the rival Minit studio. The duo persuaded Banks to record their song Little Lady Of Mine, and the subsequent single stimulated the label's interest, whereupon they duly signed Banks, initially as a singer, but ultimately as a songwriter. Whilst at Minit, he co-wrote A Lot Of Love, the strident riff of which would later be borrowed by the Spencer Davis Groupfor their hit Gimme Some Loviní. Banks eventually returned to the Stax fold, where he teamed up with Carl Hampton. Amongst the many songs they wrote were, Who's Making Love for Johnnie Taylor, and Be What You Are and If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) for the Staple Singers. One, co-written with Henderson Thigpen, Woman To Woman, became a hit for Shirley Brown in 1974. They are probably best remembered for their classic hit, which they co-wrote with Raymond Jackson, If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right). The song became a number 3 hit in the USA, and a million-seller for Luther Ingram in 1972, and a US and UK chart hit for Rod Stewart in 1980. It was later recorded by Millie Jackson, and also, coming full circle, Isaac Hayes.
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