NEW YORK - CIRCA 1966:  Percy Sledge poses for a portrait circa 1966 in New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

“When a Man Loves a Woman” Song Writer Percy Sledge Dead at 74

BATON ROUGE, La. – Percy Sledge, known for his mega-hit “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday morning at his Baton Rouge home, he was 74-years-old.

Percy died peacefully with his family surrounding him – he had been suffering from a long bout with cancer.

Percy was born in Leighton, Alabama and had spent a large portion of his career living in Baton Rouge.

He had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 – he was also inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

In demand almost his entire music career life, he attended shows across the United States and Europe, with many of his song making box office hits including ‘The Crying Game” and ‘The Big Chill.’

Percy said years ago that his song “When a man loves a woman” was inspired by a girlfriend who left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from a construction job in 1965.

He graciously gave credit to those band members who helped him, his bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright, who helped him develop the song into what it became.

The song became an all time in the 1980’s as part of the soundtrack from the movie “Platoon.”

Percy Sledge was born on November 25th, 1940, in Leighton, Alabama.


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