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Singer Percy Sledge dies in his Baton Rouge home

1 year 9 months 6 days ago April 14, 2015 Apr 14, 2015 Tuesday, April 14 2015 April 14, 2015 5:47 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman," has died. He was 74.

"He wasn't just a part of our community but a soul legend," said Rob Payer, station production and music director at WBRH-FM, 90.3. "He was loved all over the world, and he lived right here, in our own backyard."

East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died early Tuesday morning.

"We always had a close relationship," said Mickey Montalbano, a long-time friend of Sledge. "I really did like Percy, SJ."

"Very nice guy," SJ Montalbano agreed. "Very family oriented, in fact he picked later on in life Baton Rouge to make his living and his home here."

East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana Coroner Dr. William "Beau" Clark confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died early Tuesday morning.

Sledge's first recording took him from hospital orderly to a long touring career averaging 100 performances a year and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Between 1966 and 1968, Sledge used his forlorn, crying vocal style to record a series of Southern soul standards.

In later years, Sledge continued to be an in-demand performer in the United States and Europe as "When a Man Loves a Woman" kept popping up in movies, including "The Big Chill" and "The Crying Game."

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