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Percy Sledge, the R&B powerhouse who topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1966, died this morning in his Baton Rouge, Louisiana home, according to ABC News. He was 73.
During the mid-sixties, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse while touring to get his music career off the ground. “When a Man Loves a Woman,” his first song recorded under contract, was a massive smash and would endure as his signature song. His follow-up, “Warm and Tender Love,” reached No. 17 on the Hot 100, and he continued to score Hot 100 hits as the ’60s came to a close.
While Sledge’s chart success stalled in the ’70s, he continued to successfully tour the world and experienced a late career reappraisal when new generations discovered “When a Man Loves a Woman” thanks to its inclusion in The Big Chill (1983) and a hit Michael Bolton cover.
Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.
Sledge is survived by his wife and children.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com
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