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Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge will forever be associated with "When a Man Loves a Woman," a pleading, soulful ballad he sang with wrenching, convincing anguish and passion. Sledge sang all of his songs that way, delivering them in a powerful rush where he quickly changed from soulful belting to quavering, tearful pleas. It was a voice that made him one of the key figures of deep Southern soul. Sledge recorded at Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, where he frequently sang songs written by Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn. Not only did he sing deep soul, but Sledge was among the pioneers of country-soul, singing songs by Charlie Rich and Kris Kristofferson in a gritty, passionate style. During the '70s, his commercial success faded away, but Sledge continued to tour and record into the '90s.

While he worked as a hospital nurse in the early '60s, Sledge began his professional music career as a member of the Southern soul vocal group the Esquires Combo. On the advice of local disc jockey Quin Ivy, he went solo in 1966. Ivy fancied himself a record producer and he agreed to help shape Sledge's song "When a Man Loves a Woman" into a full-fledged single, hiring Spooner Oldham to play a distinctive, legato organ phrase. Ivy released the single independently and quickly licensed it to Atlantic Records, who quickly bought out Sledge's contract. "When a Man Loves a Woman" became a huge hit in the summer of 1966, topping both the pop and R&B charts. It was quickly followed that year by two Top Ten R&B hits, "Warm and Tender Love" and "It Tears Me Up," which were both in the vein of his first hit. Although few of his subsequent singles were hits -- only "Take Time to Know Her" reached the R&B Top Ten in 1968 -- many of the songs, which were often written by Dan Penn and/or Oldham, were acknowledged as classics among soul aficionados.

Despite his strong reputation among deep soul fans, Sledge's sales had declined considerably by the early '70s, and he headed out on the club circuit in America and England. In 1974, he left Atlantic for Capricorn Records, where he returned to the R&B Top 20 with "I'll Be Your Everything." Instead of re-igniting his career, the single was a last gasp, as far as chart success was concerned. Over the next two decades he continued to tour, and in the late '80s "When a Man Loves a Woman" experienced a resurgence in popularity, due to its inclusion in movie soundtracks and in television commercials. Following its appearance in a 1987 Levi's commercial in the U.K., the single was re-released and climbed to number two. Two years later, he won the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Career Achievement Award. Sledge was able to turn this revived popularity into a successful career by touring constantly, playing over 100 shows a year into the '90s. In 1994, he released Blue Night, his first collection of new material in over a decade, to uniformly positive reviews, and after the turn of the millennium he returned with Shining Through the Rain in 2004. The following year, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Percy Sledge died in April 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 73. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Percy Sledge Way/Take Time To Know Her

1. The Dark End Of The Street

2. You Send Me

3. I Had A Talk With My Woman

4. What Am I Living For

5. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)

6. Tell It Like It Is

7. My Special Prayer

10. Pledging My Love

11. You Don't Miss Your Water

12. Take Time To Know Her

13. Feed The Flame

14. Sudden Stop

15. Come Softly To Me

16. Spooky

17. Out Of Left Field

18. Cover Me

19. Baby Help Me

20. It's All Wrong But It's Alright

21. High Cost Of Leaving

22. Between These Arms

23. I Love Everything About You

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Track List: When A Man Loves A Woman / Warm & Tender Soul

1. When A Man Loves A Woman

2. My Adorable One

3. Put A Little Lovin' On Me

4. Love Me All The Way

6. You're Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

7. Thief In The Night

8. You Fooled Me

9. Love Makes The World Go Round

11. Love Me Like You Mean It

12. It Tears Me Up

15. That's How Strong My Love Is

16. A Sweet Woman Like You

17. Love Me Tender

18. Warm And Tender Love

19. Try A Little Tenderness

20. So Much Love

21. I Stand Accused

22. Heart Of A Child

23. Oh How Happy

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Track List: 24 Greatest Hits

1. When A Man Loves A Woman

2. Take Time To Know Her

3. Cover Me

4. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

5. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

6. The Dark End Of The Street

7. You're All Around Me

8. Today I Started Loving You Again

10. He'll Have To Go

12. Hey Good Looking

13. Warm And Tender Love

14. It Tears Me Up

15. Out Of Left Field

16. My Special Prayer

17. Dock Of The Bay

18. Kiss An Angel Good Morning

19. I Still Miss Someone

20. For The Good Times

21. Personality

23. Wabash Cannonball

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Track List: It Tears Me Up: The Best Of Percy Sledge

1. When A Man Loves A Woman

2. I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You

3. Put A Little Lovin' On Me

4. Love Me Like You Mean It

5. It Tears Me Up

6. Warm And Tender Love

7. Love Me Tender

8. The Dark End Of The Street

9. Take Time To Know Her

10. Try A Little Tenderness

13. Sudden Stop

15. It's All Wrong But It's Alright

17. Out Of Left Field

19. Cover Me

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Track List: The Ultimate Collection - When A Man Loves A Woman

2. It Tears Me Up

3. Take Time To Know Her

4. My Special Prayer

5. Baby Help Me

6. It's All Wrong But It's Alright

7. You're All Around Me

8. The Dark End Of The Street

9. Warm And Tender Love

10. Love Me Tender

11. Out Of Left Field

12. Come Softly To Me

13. What Am I Living For

14. You're Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

15. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms)

16. Cover Me

17. Sudden Stop

18. That's How Strong My Love Is

20. Put A Little Lovin' On Me

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Track List: Percy Sledge: Collection

1. When A Man Loves A Woman

2. My Special Prayer

3. Take Time To Know Her

4. Try A Little Tenderness

5. (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay

6. Out Of Left Field

7. It Tears Me Up

8. Just Out Of Reach

9. Cover Me

10. Tell It Like It Is

11. I'll Be Your Everything

12. Sudden Stop

13. Behind Closed Doors

14. Blue Water

15. Hard To Be Friends

16. I Believe In You

17. If This Is The Last Time

19. Warm And Tender Love

20. My Adorable One

21. The Good Love

23. Walkin' In The Sun

24. You're Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

25. Make It Good And Make It Last

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Track List: The Best Of Percy Sledge

1. When A Man Loves A Woman

2. Warm And Tender Love

3. Bring It On Home To Me

4. Behind Closed Doors

5. Try A Little Tenderness

6. Tell It Like It Is

7. My Special Prayer

8. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right

9. Take Time To Know Her

10. It Tears Me Up

11. I've Been Loving You Too Long

12. Cover Me

13. You Send Me

14. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay

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My husband played with Percy when he was 18/19 in Baton Rouge in around 77 I believe,he met Randy Jackson who taught him some killer techniqe,Ros s Griffin went to Japan on tour with Percy!
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That song of the man loves a woman is hope and the big j. Theme song...❤️
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Lol
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Love to hear when a man loves a woman by artist Percy sledge
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franklinhask e l l
Not the original hit version of When A Man Loves A Woman
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Micheal Bolton does an amazing version
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday By the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on this screen. This is so freaky it actually works
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I love you song good!
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Wino@chankla v h g r I will never let him go !!! All ways be by his side good or bad !!! We all ways find a way back to each other I live you babe!!!
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Don't read this you will be hugged and kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday in your life. Now you've started to read this . but don't stop . this is freaky. But if you ingnore this you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 145 min. Then when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This actually works!
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Michael and Jackie was only four years old that is real music
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infinititomb o m b
More like, " when a man fux a woman" haha am i rignt?
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90% of people marry their 7th grade love. Since you have read this you will be told good news tonight. If you don't pass this on 9 comments your worst week starts, this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and past this in ten comments in ten minutes you will have the best day of you life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you
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Still loving you after all this time
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I met a man in 1992and he played this song all day long,he was in love with me but I didn't feel that toward him,he would get all sad and scared I would leave and move off the Rez,always looking sad and I did leave, could not hack living on the Rez, even though I'm a breed,,part native American Indian and part white on momma's side, I wasn't raised on the Rez,mom raised us in Town where her family was! I was and still am "a town girl!! I broke his heart the day I packed up my stuff in my friends
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BRIAN,, SEE TAKE ON ME !! And where there is a will there is a way !!!
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BRIAN WHEN A WOMAN LOVES A MAN !! Well I wouldn't go as far as to say you can do no wrong !! But I am willing to let it slide till next year! You have 363 days to plan !!
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billiot.vond a
I said it will be alright if you just let me
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Love can do strange things to a person
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This song hits you in the heart like a one two punch in your gut. Glad this soul man finally got his due!
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I've got to hand to Pandora...yo u ' v e got people working there who are very astute in their selections of great rhythm and blues., soul and rare doo-wop .My compliments.
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Percy sledge is the sedge hammer of all the times.
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Percy Sledge was The Best of the best. Warm and Tender Love is my all time favorite.
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Vc
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Best love song ever in my opinion. Joshua Later should just sing this songs he loves to sing this way, and this way only!
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sherenity4li f e
Excellent observation Vonda! A real man, finds a way to show the woman he loves how he loves her, starting from his inside core, (things he says, in a loving & yet firm way while he listens & responds) conveying outward to his significant other in every way he can to show much he's into her��
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I have always loved when a man loves a woman
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That love song is truly the best.a man loves a woman...
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Misic that never die sweet memorys
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I love Percy Sledge.
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he was one of our greatest music artist
upset that radio stations did not play his music or even acknowledge the fact he passed away.
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Sweet love song.! To this day!
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One of great love song!!!
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Never get tired of hearing this.Love the organ
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That's why Man Loves a Woman
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When A Man Loves. A Women ....
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billiot.vond a
When a man loves a woman he calls her he dates her he is there for her !!!!! He pays her attention he doesn't tag his ex wife around when he is trying to romance another !!! Who does that ??Tab Benoit that's who !!!!
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This version is not bad, however, the one by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles is still the best!!
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07grandchero k e e
RIP Percy Sledge!
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Otis redding's version has more emotional and soul. This is still good I just don't think it captured the heartache and pain Otis gave it
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jgl49572
Best song to make your love know that feeling
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lv2rd542
One of the great artist of our time. This is real SOUL!
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lasonjaglenn
That's what I'm talk in' about!!!! ��
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I've been loving you too long to stop now.
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ericameadows 7
Inspired by him dang bro I can't believe this gosh this is my jam
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Am I the only one who does The Stroll in their living-room when this song comes on?
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hsuarez1939
percy said it best when a man love a woman Its wonderful
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Percy sledge is awesome RIP my friend
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Rest in peace hall of fame...
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Percy sledge is the best along with Otis I grew up listening to them always listen today. My top music on here was Percy sledge radio thank you
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