November 25, 1941 – April 14, 2015
Percy Sledge, the rhythm and blues singer and icon has died at age 73. Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge on April 14, 2015. His most famous hit song from 1966 was "When a Man Loves a Woman", a certified gold record. "When a Man Loves a Woman" was used in several films, including The Big Chill and The Crying Game and provided a hit for Michael Bolton in 1991. He said the song had been with him a long time telling the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame: " I hummed it all my life, even when I was picking and chopping cotton in the fields."
In a documentary Sledge talked about his early years in the south: " I was a little guy working in the fields chopping cotton singing to the older people in the field and they would always say that one day my voice would be heard all over the world but I never thought that would happen." In later years, Sledge continued to be an in-demand performer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. He had been battling liver cancer for more than a year when he died.
Percy Sledge - Ain't No Sunshine
Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)