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WHAT BECOME OF Soul singer Percy Sledge of When a Man Loves a Woman fame

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN

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Soul singer Percy Sledge was one I looked at for the Honorary Unsubscribe (but he was too well known). Sledge was working as a hospital orderly during the week, and touring with a band (the Esquires) on weekends, when he got a recording contract; his very first song under that 1966 contract with Atlantic Records was When a Man Loves a Woman, which quickly shot to #1 — not just on the R&B chart, but on the Billboard Hot 100 — and became his signature piece. An interesting tidbit: Sledge “naively gave the writing credit to bassist Cameron Lewis and organist Andrew Wright, his Esquires bandmates who helped with chords and the arrangement,” says the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That meant he got no royalties for his song. He died of liver cancer on April 14, at 74.

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Henry Sapiecha

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