“The Granddaddy to all of my songs, The Boss of all my songs. I have a great respect for that song” – Percy Sledge
Percy Tyrone Sledge was born November 25th 1940 – in the town of Leighton Alabama, and sadly passed away on April 14th 2015. He died in his home East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Tributes flooded in from Michael Bolton, Jools Holland, Maxi Priest, Beverley Knight,
Known for the song ‘When a man loves a woman’, Jerry Wexler producer released the hit as a Percy Sledge debut single, which shot to No.1 on May 28 1966, selling sold over a million copies in both the Pop charts and R&B charts, becoming the 1st Gold for Atlantic Records.
Percy always sang his songs deeply, with exceptional passion, when asked about giving away the rights to his infamous song to his band mates Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright he would often answer ‘The worst decision I ever made, but I’m not bitter!’ with hits like ‘It tears me Up’ ‘Warm and Tender Love’ he continued his musical career for many decades…Performimg was his life and his heart.
Listen and share the Classic Soul record ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’
The famous track was also covered by Michael Bolton and made No.1 in 1991 reaching the top of the Billboard charts, also featuring on several movie soundtracks including ‘The Big Chill’ and ‘The Crying Game’ he was Inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2005.
We honour and salute you for your generosity, and your music..
R.I.P Percy Sledge