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Percy Sledge, R.I.P.

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.

Although Sledge did have several other Top 20 hits such as “Warm and Tender Love” and “It Tears Me Up” none of them had the impact of “When a Man Loves a Woman”.

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”.

The man put everything he had into every song he sang. Please listen to “Take Time To Know Her” which narrowly missed the Top 10 in 1968.

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