Percy Sledge Dies At 73 Of Liver Cancer – Singer Gave Us First Southern Soul Hit
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
The man who gave voice to the original “When a Man Loves a Woman,” Percy Sledge, has died at age 73.
Sledge died just after midnight Tuesday morning, his doctor, Dr. William “Beau” Clark, told Fox8. Percy had battled liver cancer and was under hospice care; he died with his wife Rosa and his children by his side.
Though Sledge is most famous for “When a Man Loves a Woman,” he had a long career peppered with other hits. The song originally hit the airwaves in 1996 (it was the first Southern soul record to top the charts), was re-released in 1987 and covered by Michael Bolton in 1991, CNN added.
During the 1960s, Percy sang at frat parties and clubs throughout the Southeast on the weekends with his group, the Esquires, and was a hospital orderly Monday to Friday, ABC News added.
“I was singing every style of music: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Motown,Sam Cooke, the Platters,” Percy said, according to his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame biography.
The Inquisitor article