Percy Sledge

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by Percy Sledge

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25 November 1941, Leighton, Alabama, USA. An informal, intimate singer, former hospital nurse Sledge led a popular campus attraction, the Esquires Combo, prior to his recording debut. Recommended to Quin Ivy, owner of the Norala Sound studio, Sledge arrived with a rudimentary draft of ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. A timeless single, its simple arrangement hinged on Spooner Oldham’s organ sound and the singer’s homely, nasal intonation. Released in 1966, initially on the Ivy... Read more

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soul
60s
blues
rhythm and blues
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