Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1940, Leighton, Alabama) is an American R&B and soul performer who recorded the hit 'When a Man Loves a Woman' in 1966. Percy Sledge worked in a series of blue-collar jobs in the fields in Leighton, Alabama before taking a job as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield, Alabama. Through the mid 1960s, he toured the Southeast with the Esquires Combo on weekends, while working at the hospital during the week. A former patient and mutual friend of Sledge and record producer Quin Ivy introduced the two. An audition followed, and Sledge was signed to a recording contract. Sledge's soulful voice was perfect for the series of soul ballads produced by Ivy and Marlin Greene, which rock critic Dave Marsh called 'emotional classics for romantics of all ages.' 'When a Man Loves a Woman' was Sledge's first song recorded under the contract, and was released in March 1966.
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