Percy Sledge, the R&B legend who memorably sang/cried When A Man Loves a Woman, has died at his home in Baton Rouge. Sledge recorded When a Man Loves a Woman in 1966. It was his first recording, one that launched an enduring career, established once-obscure Muscle Shoals as a recording mecca, and helped usher in an era when white and black musicians worked together in the studio. The song reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. It was No. 54 in the list of Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs of all time. Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January 2014 but resumed touring shortly after.
Back to the R.I.P. section