Death of Percy Sledge

November 25, 1941 - April 14, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Age 73

'When A Man Loves a Woman' singer dies
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By JAY REEVES and REBECCA SANTANA, The Associated Press

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Sound engineer Jimmy Johnson knew he had captured something special on tape as Percy Sledge finished singing "When a Man Loves a Woman" in a recording studio in 1965.

Sledge, who died Tuesday, grew up singing in nearby cotton fields of northwest Alabama and never had been in a studio before that day. He didn't even know how to work a microphone during that first session, Johnson said.

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