Singer Percy Sledge Dies at 74
He struck gold early. The Alabama native, who first sang in his farming town’s gospel choir, hit it big with “When a Man Loves a Woman,” his debut song for Atlantic Records. He missed out on royalties for the 1966 chart-topper because, though he said he wrote most of it, he was never listed as a co-writer. Yesterday, Sledge died of liver cancer in Baton Rouge, drawing tributes from artists like Michael Bolton, who revived the King of Slow Soul’s legendary tune to great acclaim in 1991.