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Soul singer Percy Sledge dies aged 73

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  1. Stamp

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    US soul singer Percy Sledge, famed for his song When a Man Loves a Woman, has died aged 73.

    Steve Green from talent agency Artists International Management Inc confirmed to the BBC that he died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday.

    "He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don't find that in this business very often," said Green. "He was truly a standout."

    Sledge had surgery for liver cancer in January 2014 but soon resumed touring.

    Sledge's debut single When a Man Loves a Woman reached the top 10 twice in the UK and topped the US Billboard chart for two weeks in 1966, when it also got to number four in the UK chart.

    During an interview for the the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, he remembered When a Man Loves a Woman.

    "When I came into the studio, I was shaking like a leaf. I was scared," he said, adding that it was the "same melody that I sang when I was out in the fields. I just wailed out in the woods and let the echo come back to me."

    The track reached number two when it was re-released in the UK in 1987 after appearing in Oliver Stone's film Platoon, and was featured in several other films such as The Big Chill, The Crying Game and a 1994 Meg Ryan drama named after the song itself.

    Later this week it will be the 49th anniversary of the song's release.

    It was the first US number one to have been recorded at Alabama's historic Muscle Shoals studio, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones would later record.

    The track scored a first gold disc for Atlantic Records, whose executive Jerry Wexler called the song "a transcendent moment" and "a holy love hymn."
    When A Man Loves a Woman remained his biggest hit and became a standard that sustained his long touring career in the US, Europe and South Africa, and he averaged 100 performances a year.

    Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

    The track found new life in 1991 when Michael Bolton's cover of the song topped the Billboard chart.

    Sledge's other hits included Warm and Tender Love, It Tears Me Up and Take Time to Know Her.

    He started his working life in the cotton fields around his hometown of Leighton in northwest Alabama, before taking a job as a hospital nurse in the early 1960s in nearby Sheffield.

    A patient at the hospital heard him singing while he worked and recommended him to record producer Quin Ivy.

    Sledge is survived by his wife and children.

    Soul singer Percy Sledge dies aged 73 - BBC News
     
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    [video=youtube;MDq2bSZODVg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDq2bSZODVg[/video]

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