After a long and hard battle with cancer, R&B singer Percy Sledge passed away on April 14 — such a devastating day in the world of music.
Percy Sledge, best known for his 1966 hit “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died early at his home in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. We have all the super sad details below.
Percy Sledge Dead At Age 73
“He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific person and you don’t find that in this business very often. He was truly a standout,” his agent Steve Green told BBC news the morning Percy passed.
According to Percy’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio, “When a Man Loves a Woman” topped the R&B and pop charts for multiple weeks and raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time. Yet Sledge’s career didn’t end with that momentous first single. Over the years he racked up a dozen hits at Atlantic, including “Warm and Tender Love,” “It Tears Me Up,” “Out of Left Field” and “Take Time to Know Her.”
He was not only a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but also the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
The iconic singer will forever be remembered as one of the greats. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Percy’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Fans Remember The Late Singer On Twitter
Percy Sledge “When a man loves a woman” has stood the test of time.. your legacy that you have left of your music will not be forgotten RIP!
— TheLeatherArtist (@LeatherArtistry) April 14, 2015
The man who sang the greatest love song of all time is gone. What a voice. RIP Percy Sledge.
— Cal Thomas (@Casablanca33) April 14, 2015
Sorry to hear of the death of the great Percy Sledge.
— cdrak0715 (@cdrak0715) April 14, 2015
Please share a moment of silence for Percy Sledge. Your music will croon on.
— H_is for Holidays (@H___daily) April 14, 2015
— Shira Benozilio