Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge (Nov. 25, 1940 — April 14, 2015) was an American soul singer who released 10 albums on Atlantic between 1966 and 1971, delivering a romantic evergreen with the gospelly “When a Man Loves a Woman,” one of the biggest hits of the 1960s. His other hits include “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Take Time to Know Her,” “Love Me Tender,” “Cover Me,” “I’ll Be Your Everything,” and “Sunshine.” He became a live fixture in South Africa, where numbers from a Swaziland date were interspersed with Kalahari wildlife footage for the 1971 docu-film Soul Africa. In 1974, he released two albums on the Allman‘s Capricorn label.

He was born Percy Tyrone Sledge on November 25, 1940, in Leighton, Ala.


  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1966)
  • Warm & Tender Soul (1966)
  • The Percy Sledge Way (1967)
  • Take Time to Know Her (1968)
  • Soul Africa (1971)
  • Sledge in South Africa (1971)
  • I’ll Be Your Everything (1974)
  • Percy! (1983)
  • Wanted Again! (1989)
  • Blue Night (1994)
  • Country (1995)
  • Shining Through the Rain (2004)
  • My Old Friend the Blues (2009)


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