Percy Sledge, the soul singer known for his hit single ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ died Tuesday at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Percy was 74.
Artists International Mangement through his agenet and manager Mark Lyman confirmed his death. Sledge, sometimes referred as the KIng os slow soul was suffering from liver cancer and had undergone a surgery in 2014.
His song, ‘When a man loves a woman’ topped the US Billboard chart for two weeks in 1966 and was also the top 10 songs in the UK twice selling more than a million copies.
He released several albums after the success of his debut song including ‘Warm and Tender Soul’, ‘The Percy Sledge Way’ and ‘Take Time to know her’ but they weren’t as successful as his first song.
According to Newyork times Mr. Sledge signed the rights to ‘When a man loves a woman’ to two of his early bandmates, the bassist Calvin Lewis and the organist Andrew Wright, who assisted with the arrangement, Mr. Sledge said of the melody. The song ranks 53rd on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest of all time.
In 1991, Michael Bolton gave the song new life when he did a cover of the song that topped the Billboard chart.
Rest in peace Percy.