Percy Sledge dies in Louisiana
Percy Sledge, the R&B (Rhythm and Blues) legend who memorably sang “When A Man Loves a Woman”, has died at his home in Baton Rouge, according to multiple news networks. He was 74.
William “Beau” Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to the Associated Press that Percy Sledge died early Tuesday morning, about an hour after midnight, of natural causes in hospice care.
Born: November 25, 1941 (age 73), Leighton, AL
Died: April 14, 2015 R.I.P.
Soul singer Percy Sledge dies in Louisiana age 73
Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
Number one hit in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” was Percy Sledge’s debut single, an almost profound ballad with a resonance he hardly ever sounded out again. Its mood set by a grief-stricken organ and dirge-like tempo, “When a Man Loves a Woman” was for many the definitive soul ballad, a testament of blinding, all-consuming love haunted by fear and graced by overwhelming emotion.
Percy Sledge was working as a hospital orderly when he began playing clubs and frat parties, shortly before his fame.
In 1989, Sledge acquired the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Career Achievement Award. In 2005, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.