Percy Sledge Obituary, Death Cause – Percy Sledge was an American singer who was known for his work in the genres of R&B, soul, and gospel music. He passed away recently. The song “When a Man Loves a Woman” brought him the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles list as well as the R&B singles chart in 1966. This song is what brought him the most fame. The RIAA gave it the Gold certification for having sold one million copies of the disc.
The deep voice of Percy Sledge was an excellent fit for the string of soul ballads created by Ivy and Marlin Greene. Rock journalist Dave Marsh referred to these songs as “emotional classics for romantics of all ages” in an interview. The first song that Sledge recorded while under the terms of the contract was “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and it was made available to the public in March of 1966. According to Sledge, the idea for the song came to him when his girlfriend broke up with him to pursue a career in modeling shortly after he lost his job as a construction worker in late 1965.
However, because bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright assisted him with the song, he gave all of the songwriting credit to them. It climbed all the way to the top spot in the United States, and it went on to become a smash hit all around the world. When it was first released in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” reached number four on the UK singles chart, and in 1987, when it was reissued, it reached number two. After beginning his career in the early 1960s as an orderly in a hospital, Sledge found his greatest success in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a series of passionate soul songs. This success led to a string of Grammy Awards. In his senior years, Mr. Sledge was honored with the Career Achievement Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 2005, he was honored by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.