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Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman

Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman

Soul Music

The song was written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who were members of The Esquires, a band in Sheffield, Alabama, fronted by Percy Sledge. Sledge said that he also authored the song. In 1966, It went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B Charts, and Canada. It went to #4 on the U.K. singles chart. The song sold more than one million copies and was awarded an RIAA gold record. On the track, besides Sledge, of course, were Spooner Oldham (Farfisa organ), Marlin Greene (guitar), Albert “Junior” Lower (double bass), and Roger Hawkins (drums).

Percy Tyrone Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama, in 1940. His singing was known for its emotional power. His music included many genres, including R&B, soul, and pop, and many decades. He died on April 14, 2015, at the age of 74.

Here are the lyrics to “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge:

“When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothing else
He’ll change the world
For the good thing he’s found
If she’s 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
Spend his very last dime
Tryin’ to hold on to what he needs
He’d give up all his comforts
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that’s the way it ought to be

Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Trying to hold on to your high-class 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 plays him for a fool
He’s the last one to know
Lovin’ eyes can’t ever 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, baby, you’re my world

When a man loves a woman…..”

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