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



Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana