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.
"I love that song, its been a hit forever. My prayers and thoughts go out to family members and fans. During your grief please take comfort in the scripture John 5:28,29. God promises that we will see our loved ones again."
– gwen karl, fan,
stockton, CA, Sep 25, 2015
"Your soulful voice and music will live in our hearts forever. RIP"
– Brenda Johnson, Fan,
Forest Heights, MD, May 04, 2015