NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. S., Europe and South Africa, when he averaged 100 performances a year, and led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Before he became famous, Sledge worked in the cotton fields around his hometown of Leighton in northwest Alabama and took a job in a hospital in nearby Sheffield. In the 2013 documentary "Muscle Shoals," Sledge recalled recording the song: "When I came into the studio, I was shaking like a leaf. While identified with the Muscle Shoals music scene, Sledge spent most of his career living in Baton Rouge.
In April 1994, Sledge pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion involving income from concerts in the late 1980s.
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Johnson had to twirl the volume dials on the recording machine just to keep Sledge's untrained voice at the correct levels during the session, but it worked. Johnson, now 72, said it all began when Sledge sang "When a Man Loves a Woman," with its haunting lyrics and his mournful, blue-eyed style. Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic song, was 74 when he died in Baton Rouge, La.


His family said in a statement released through his manager, Mark Lyman, that Sledge died at his home after a yearlong struggle with cancer. Despite having other hits Sledge became known for "When a Man Loves a Woman." It was the first No. Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler later called the song "a transcendent moment" and "a holy love hymn." Sledge's hit became a standard that sustained his long touring career in the United States, Europe and South Africa and led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Dick Cooper, curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, said Sledge's biggest hit laid the foundation for decades of music. We reserve the right to remove any comment that violates our ground rules, is spammy, NSFW, defamatory, rude, reckless to the community, etc. Use your own words (don't copy and paste from elsewhere), be honest and don't pretend to be someone (or something) you're not. Our commenting section is self-policing, so if you see a comment that violates our ground rules, flag it (mouse over to the far right of the commenter's name until you see the flag symbol and click that), then we'll review it.
William "Beau" Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died early Tuesday morning, about an hour after midnight, of natural causes in hospice care. 1 hit in 1966, "When a Man Loves a Woman" was Sledge's debut single, an almost unbearably heartfelt ballad with a resonance he never approached again. It was a favorite at weddings -- Sledge himself did the honors at a ceremony for musician and actor Steve Van Zandt -- and often turned up in movies, including "The Big Chill," "The Crying Game" and a 1994 Meg Ryan drama named for the song's title.
I was scared." He added that it was the "same melody that I sang when I was out in the fields. He was inducted in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007.


He was sentenced to six months in a halfway house, given five years of probation, and ordered to pay $96,000 in back taxes and fines. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Associated Press writers Kevin McGill in New Orleans, Brian Slodysko in Baton Rouge, and Mesfin Fekadu and Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report. Para reproducir la musica que tendra que actualizar su navegador o actualizar el Plugin de Flash. 1 hit from Alabama's burgeoning Muscle Shoals music scene, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones among others would record, and the first gold record for Atlantic Records.
Michael Bolton topped the charts in the 1990s with a cover version and Rolling Stone magazine later ranked it No. A patient at the hospital heard him singing while working and recommended him to record producer Quin Ivy. Sledge said he was inspired by a girlfriend who left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from a construction job in 1965, but he gave the songwriting credits to two Esquires bandmates, bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright, who helped him with the song. A hospital patient heard him singing while working and recommended him to record producer Quin Ivy. Its mood set by a mournful organ and dirge-like tempo, "When a Man Loves a Woman" was for many the definitive soul ballad, a testament of blinding, all-consuming love haunted by fear and graced by overwhelming emotion.



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