R&B singer Percy Sledge, whose biggest hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” became a cornerstone of soul music, died of natural causes in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Tuesday. He was 74.
In a career that started in the 1960s, Sledge had a number of hits, including “Take Time to Know Her,” “Warm and Tender Love” and “It Tears Me Up” among others. But his first and biggest hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” towered over them all.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” became a standard, covered many times — Michael Bolton took it to No. 1 in 1991 — and featured on several movie soundtracks. Sledge was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2005.