Percy Sledge, who rose to fame for his hit song “When A Man Loves A Woman” in 1966 has passed away at the age of 73-years-old. Here his biggest hit below:
Sledge performed up until almost a year ago, but suffered a long battle with cancer. He passed away at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
His signature song hit number one in 1966 and was followed up with a series of heartwarming and emotional songs. “When A Man Loves A Woman” was his first recording under his record deal and was released in March 1966. The song was inspired by an ex-girlfriend of his who left him for a career as a model when he was laid off from his job in construction in 1965. He gave the songwriting credits to bassist Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright after they helped him with the song.
In 1966, the song was an international top 40 hit and the RIAA certified it as gold. Prior to his career as a singer, Sledge worked as a nurse in the hospital in the early sixties. In his later years receiving the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Career Achievement Award.
Rest in peace Percy Sledge, your soulful voice will be missed.
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