Percy Sledge

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Percy Tyrone Sledge (November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015) was an American R&B, soul and gospel singer. He is best known for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman", a No. 1 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts in 1966. It was awarded a million-selling, Gold-certified disc from the RIAA.

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Percy Sledge
Sledge at the 2010 Alabama Music Hall of Fame Concert
Background information
Birth namePercy Tyrone Sledge
Born(1940-11-25)November 25, 1940
Leighton, Alabama, U.S.
DiedApril 14, 2015(2015-04-14) (aged 74)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, traditional pop
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active1960–2014
LabelsAtlantic, Capricorn, Monument, Point Blank, Diablo Records, Sledgehammer Records, Virgin
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Having previously worked as a hospital orderly in the early 1960s, Sledge achieved his strongest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of emotional soul songs. In later years, Sledge received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Career Achievement Award. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.