|Percy performing at an Atlantic Records party for Jerry Wexler in the mid 60's |
accompanied by a very young Jimi Hendrix (Jimmy James with King Curtis' in the early days)
Percy took his signature song to #1 in 1966. It was his debut single and went on to become an international hit. It was re-released in the U.K. in 1987 and still made it to #2 on the charts.
Michael Bolton's cover of the song also hit #1 in 1991 and it's one of Hollywood's favorite tunes, appearing on the soundtrack of well over 20 movies.
Percy had a few other hits, "Warm and Tender Love" and "Take Time to Know Her" but nothing that matched his first blockbuster hit.
He continued performing until about a year ago and this Thursday marks the 49th anniversary of the release of "When a Man Loves a Woman."
Sledge was 73.