Percy Sledge


Age: 74

Summary: hospital orderly-turned-singer who won lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic No. 1 hit When a Man Loves a Woman in 1966 as the song was his debut single and a breakthrough for Southern soul becoming the first gold record for Atlantic Records and the first No. 1 hit from Alabama's burgeoning Muscle Shoals music scene, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones recorded.

Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Born: November 25, 1940

Died: April 14, 2015

Baton Rouge, Louisiana