This morning, Tuesday April 14, 2015, the great soul singer Percy Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 73.
Mr. Sledge’s biggest hit was “When a Man Loves a Woman”—arguably a song that should be sung at every wedding! The soul ballad was such a huge hit—Number One Pop in 1966—that for the rest of his life he sang an overwhelming number of slow songs. Although he did record an occasional uptempo number—often with fine results, such as “Baby, Help Me”—it is for his exemplary balladry that he will always be known. Just listen to him sing songs that you may already know: “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Any Day Now,” “Many Rivers to Cross” or “Love Me Tender.” With his voice, he takes each song to new heights never before conceived. Of special note is his exquisite cover of “Kind Woman,” a song by the L.A. sixties rock group Buffalo Springfield. Written as a country ballad by Richie Furay, who would later form the country/rock group Poco, Although Furay sings the Buffalo Springfield song well, if you were to play the two versions back to back, you will come away thinking you have heard a genuine and fantastic soul singer: Percy Sledge read more >>