May 15, 2018
If you want a quick lesson in what soul music is all about; “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge is a place to start.
The song has sparse instrumentation with Sledge pouring out his heart over the top.
It debuted on the Billboard hot 100 April 9. Seven weeks later it was number one for the first of two weeks. It would prove to be double hit as it topped the R&B chart as well.
He would never have another top ten pop hit, but his one huge hit was eternal.
May 17, 2012
The height of Percy Sledge’s career occured during the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. It was powered by one of the classic soul/rhythm & blues songs of all time.
If you wanted to dance close to a slow song during the last half of the 1960s, then “When A Man Loves A Woman” was the song for you. Released during March of 1966, it topped BILLBOARD MAGAZINE’S Pop and Rhythm & Blues Charts. It reached number four in the U.K. but that was only a warm-up as during 1987 it re-entered the charts and peaked at number two.
Percy Sledge is now 70 and still out on the road belting out his most famous song.