‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ Singer Percy Sledge Dies at 73

Percy Sledge, Singer Known for 'When
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Percy Sledge, the soul singer known for his 1966 smash “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died April 14 of cancer in Baton Rouge, La. He was 73.

Sledge’s longtime agent, Steve Green, confirmed his death to ABC News.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” spent weeks atop the pop and R&B charts in 1966. It’s been a staple on radio and used in film and TV soundtracks ever since, including in the 1994 Meg Ryan-Andy Garcia melodrama of the same title.

Sledge’s raw and plaintive vocal is instantly recognizable in the spare R&B ballad. The singer said he wrote the song after his girlfriend left him for another man.

A native of Alabama, Sledge recorded his early tracks for Atlantic Records. He never scored a hit as big as “When a Man Loves a Woman,” but he had a steady output in the 1960s and ’70s. He continued to perform and record well into his 70s. His most recently release was 2013’s “The Gospel of Percy Sledge.”

Sledge was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.


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    1. Ace Hoffman says:

      I think the media should refer to him as “singer/songwriter Percy Sledge…” because it’s much more appropriate and more honor for the creator of one of the greatest songs ever written, ever recorded, ever sung.

    2. Bill B. says:

      I don’t remember another song by him, but this is one of the great ones of that era that still packs a punch today. A modern day classic.

    3. The Editor says:

      Reblogged this on Music Suite.

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