Percy Sledge worked in the fields in Leighton before he worked as an orderly at Colbert County Hospital in Sheffield. By the mid-60s, Sledge was touring the Southeast with the Esquires Combo on weekends and working at the hospital. A former patient, who was a friend of Producer Quin Ivy, introduced the two, an audition followed and Sledge was signed to a recording contract.
Sledge's smooth 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 the first song recorded, and it became not only an international hit, but was also the first gold record released by Atlantic Records. The magnificent soul anthem became the cornerstone of Sledge's career and was followed by Warm And Tender Love, Take Time To Know Her, and Cover Me.
Sledge charted with I'll Be Your Everything and Sunshine during the 70s, and has become an international concert favorite throughout the world, especially in Holland, Germany and on the African continent.
Percy Sledge Facts
|Birthday||November 25, 1941 (81)|
|Birthplace||Leighton, Alabama, USA|