Legendary soul singer Percy Sledge passed away this morning following a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
Sledge, a native of Louisiana, was working as a hospital orderly when the very first song he recorded "When a Man Loves a Woman" hit number one on the Billboard charts in May 1966.
Sledge would experience a career renaissance more than two decades after "When a Man Loves a Woman" topped the charts when it nearly topped the charts again in Britain in 1987 following its use in a jeans commercial. Four years later, Michael Bolton would hit number one with his version of "When a Man Loves a Woman".