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Died On This Date (April 14, 2015) Percy Sledge / American R&B Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge
November 25, 1941 – April 14, 2015

percy-sledgePercy Sledge was a beloved American R&B singer whose recording of “When A Man Loves A Woman” went on to become one of popular music most enduring ballads.  Born in Leighton, Alabama, Sledge earned his keep working in the fields and later as a hospital orderly while singing in area clubs on weekends.  A former patient introduced him to a producer friend, leading to his first recording contract.  What followed was a string of R&B hits that included “Warm and Tender Love,” “Take Time To Know Her,” “It Tears Me Up,” and of course, “When A Man Loves A Woman,” which was not only a hit upon its original release in 1966, but again in 1983 thanks to its placement in the film, The Big Chill.  Sledge continued recording and performing well into the 2000s, and was ultimately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.  Percy Sledge was 73 when he passed away on April 14, 2015.  Cause of death was not immediately released

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One Response to “Died On This Date (April 14, 2015) Percy Sledge / American R&B Great”

  1. Don Miles said

    True soul music!

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