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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 during the late '60s. 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 quickly 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 surprisingly 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 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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When a men love a women is my favirt
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We all love this song!!! Sing it Percy.
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Loveeeee this song
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taffycoco1
I think most anyone, no matter what age, loves Percy sledge
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jtmessina198 4
Perry sledge
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I grew up on the 60's and 70's blues and I luv to listen to any kind of blues, male or female
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Love This Song and Percy Sledge!
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Love this Song!! Back in the Day!!!!
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I Love Percy Sledge!!! Love this song!!!!
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t_heath
Awesome song....with such feeling and soul!!!
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The song says it all, nothing else needs to be said
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a601divaiam
Wake up. She doesn't love you. She's using you. You are the side piece. If she will cheat with you on her husband she will cheat on you. But you will have to see that for yourself...i f she plays you for a fool you're the last to know your eyes cannot and refuse to see. I'm still praying for you. AMS
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PERCY SLEDGE. Need say no more.
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loved her for 40 years from afar.
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Lord have mercy...
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Love that song and all the music from the past!It still shine in my heart even so hat I am a French citizen! Keep the music coming!

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Great Song
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Love You Julie Joanne You Husband .
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a601divaiam
Nothing wrong when a man loves a woman. Just make sure she loves you too as you love her not you and her husband. She hasn't divorced him for you after how many years???? She's not going to. Don't be her boy toy. Don't be her option. You yourself said the "relationshi p " meant more to you than her. Wake up. Open your eyes. I pray for the day the truth is shown to you❤️
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Love this song
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I. Grew up watching percy live at McKinney s pond in rural GA he use to get so buz zed with us his wife would walk him on stage and sit him down and wipe the sweat from his brow. Now that was the good ole days
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Don't tell me what I know about what I 'm listing too I 'm oldet then what you think, peace out
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When a man loves a woman
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YEAYEAYEA
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a601divaiam
I pray to GOD for HIM to open your eyes to see her for who and what she truly is. If she'll do it with you you best believe she'll do it to you. You are being used to make the one she's with by law jealous.....
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a601divaiam
If she's bad he can't see it. True!!! My friend...She ' s using you. She's hurt you time and time again with her actions and words yet you hang on. She has made it clear you are an option. Someone she can use and manipulate. She's playing you for a fool but you'll be the last to see. Loving eyes can never see.
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a601divaiam
If she plays him for a fool he's the last to know loving eyes can never see. False. He sees it perfectly clear just living his life in DENIAL!
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a601divaiam
Turn his back on his friend if he puts her down. That's exactly what you did my friend.��
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My dad loved this song. Miss him.
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a601divaiam
My dear friend you will always have a place in my heart. Remember if she'll cheat with you she'll cheat on you. You're mad because I told you a truth you didn't want to hear. You know you're wrong. You have to be strong enough to walk away for good.
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want hear When man loves woman. Please.
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Thank you babe... It's a beautiful thing!
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1. Kiss your hand
2. Say your crush's name
3. Close your hand
4. Say your name
5. Pick a school day
6. Post this on 15 more songs and your crush will ask you out
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a601divaiam
Don't let anyone ever use you. You deserve so much more.
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anthony.nanc y _ 2 0 1 0
You really got ahold of me....
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a601divaiam
If she plays him for a fool he's the last to know...lovin g eyes can never see. Yes they can see they're just in denial. When she puts you out her house for the man who came knocking that told him the relationship isn't what he THINKS it is but living in denial he doesn't see it that way yet. You'll get it together baby boy. Your eyes will open and see her for who and what she really is.
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This song makes me sad
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It can make u sad ...or can make u happy....but b i t s nice to a gud man like tht..
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When a man loves a woman. WOW
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This song makes me sad! :'(
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Be for real & tell it like it is.....
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taty24ny
A legendary song...never grows old listening to it. And the heartfelt voice of Percy is classic!
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Yes yes
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One of the great voices of the 60's
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Great Bump and Grind Music
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Need a lady right now
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One of the Best!!!
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Great singer good dance song.
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