Percy Sledge Dies

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad When a Man Loves a Woman, has died aged 73. Louisiana coroner Dr William Clark confirmed that Sledge died early on Tuesday morning at his home in Baton Rouge.

Sledge’s first recording took him from hospital orderly to a long touring career averaging 100 performances a year and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Between 1966 and 1968, Sledge used his forlorn, crying vocal style to record a series of southern soul standards

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