Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dies at 74

Soul Singer Percy Sledge

Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dies at 74


LOUISIANA – April 14, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Soul legend Percy Sledge has died. He was 74.

The Office of the Coroner for East Baton Rouge, Louisiana confirmed Percy Sledge died of natural causes around 12:30 a.m.

Sledge was an R&B and Soul performer who was most notable for the hit single “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1966. The song became an international top 40 hit, which The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified as gold.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Sledge’s career was waning until the 1990’s, when his career enjoyed a rebirth as Michael Bolton brought “When a Man Loves a Woman” back into the limelight again. Once again the song re-entered the Top 10 Charts.

Sledge’s unique sound took him from being a hospital orderly to a career as a singer averaging 100 performances a year.

In 2004, Sledge released his “Shining Through the Rain” album, which led to his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

In December 2010, Sledge toured with Sir Cliff Richard during his “Soulicious” tour.

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  1. I read your article on the murder suicide couple. So dissapointed that you posted a responce from Facebook which was from the abusers famoly. This was a slap in the face to the mother and daughter that this man shot. Your information was not all correct. Before you post information you should get your facts correct. This was a murder!!! A women lost her life. She also had a son along with twin daughters from a 15 year marriage. So sad to have disrespected Melinda and her family. Domestic Violence is terrible. And that’s what this was!!!

    • Dear Marcia,

      At the time the article was posted, there was no factual evidence given to the media and everything was speculation. At this point with more recent information we have removed the comments from the article. It was not meant to be disrespectful in anyway to her or her family. We were not given accurate information about how many children she had but we have updated this based on your comments. We are not able to always verify everything before it is posted that is a part of the media circle that we hope to avoid but are not always able to. Thank you for clarifying.


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