Legendary soul singer Percy Sledge has passed away at the age of 74.
The singer, best known for his 1966 ballad “When a Man Loves a Woman”, died early Tuesday morning at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Louisiana Coroner Dr. William ‘Beau’ Clark confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge had died.
Steve Green from talent agency Artists International Management Inc said in a statement, “He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don’t find that in this business very often. He was truly a standout.”
The beautiful song, When a Man Loves a Woman, topped the US Billboard chart for two weeks in 1966.
Percy Sledge performing “When A Man Loves A Woman”:
Sledge is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Percy worked as a hospital nurse in the early 1960s before he became a singer. Through his first job working as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama, he met record producer Quin Ivy. The two struck up and friendship which launched Sledge’s singing career.
In later years, Sledge continued to be an in-demand performer in the United States and Europe as When a Man Loves a Woman kept popping up in movies, including The Big Chill and The Crying Game.
Percy Sledge is survived by his longtime wife, Rosa Sledge. The couple tied the knot in 1980.
Sledge is also reportedly survived by 12 children, 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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