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Legendary Percy Sledge, 'When A Man Loves A Woman', Dies at 74

Percy sledge Songs | Legendary Percy Sledge, 'When A Man Loves A Woman', Dies at 74 | Country Music Videos

Percy Sledge passed away Tuesday morning, April 14, at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The soul singer passed after a very long battle with liver cancer, reports his agent of 35 years. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, who is most famous for his 1961 hit 'When A Man Loves A Woman', had been singing for the past 50 years and his signature song has been covered by artists of many different genres-- Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell have both famously put a country spin on the gospel classic. He also recorded a tune 'Just Out of Reach', which was recorded by country singer Patsy Cline.

Percy Sledge Sings Country, meanwhile, was re-released by Nashville label Gusto Records in 2008 and highlights the R&B singer's versatile style. He has been notably called an 'interpreter' of music styles because of his ability to sing everything from soul, gospel, and R&B, to rock and roll, blues, and country.

Featured on Percy Sledge Sings Country, the adaptable singer covers familiar tunes such as Johnny Cash's 'I Still Miss Someone', Merle Haggard's 'Today I Started Loving You Again' and 'Mama Tried'. The record is honest and raw and, although it might not have gained the level of recognition it undoubtedly deserves, it has continued to be heavily influential in crossing the divide between country and soul music.

Percy Sledge is survived by his wife and children.

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Other amazing Percy songs: 'It Tears Me Up', 'Warm and Tender Love' and 'Take Time To Know Her'.

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'When A Man Loves A Woman' (by Percy Sledge)

When a man loves a woman,
Can't keep his mind on nothin' else,
He'd change the world for the good thing he's found.
If she is bad, he can't see it,
She can do no wrong,
Turn his back on his best friend if he put her down.
When a man loves a woman,
He'll spend his very last dime
Tryin' to hold on to what he needs.
He'd give up all his comforts
And sleep out in the rain,
If she said that's the way
It ought to be.
Well, this man loves you, woman.
I gave you everything I have,
Tryin' to hold on to your heartless love.
Baby, please don't treat me bad.
When a man loves a woman,
Down deep in his soul,
She can bring him such misery.
If she is playin' him for a fool,
He's the last one to know.
Lovin' eyes can never see.
When a man loves a woman
He can do her no wrong,
He can never want
Some other girl.
Yes,When a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels,
'Cause baby, baby, you're my world
When a man loves a woman 

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