R&B Great Percy Sledge Dead at 74

Percy Sledge, the soul singer who belted out the hit "When a Man Loves a Woman," died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Tuesday morning. The cause of death was liver cancer, his manager Steve Green tells Rolling Stone. He was 74.
The singer sky-rocketed to the top of both the Hot 100 and R&B charts with his dramatic, heartrending ballad "When a Man Loves a Woman" – his debut single and one of Rolling Stone's Greatest Songs of All Time – in 1966. It spent 13 weeks on the Billboard pop chart, and was the first chart-topper to come out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama music scene.



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