Tuesday, April 14, 2015

'When a Man Loves a Woman' Singer 'Percy Sledge' Dead at 73

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)
R&B legend Percy Sledge, famous for his hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" died at home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after a long battle with cancer.

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.


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