Soul Music Icon Percy Sledge Dies

Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and “Warm And Tender Love” died at his home in Louisiana,USA at age 73 after battling cancer, his agent said on Tuesday.

The song “When A Man Loves A Woman” recorded by Sledge in 1966 was his first single and is considered one of the greatest of all soul songs.

During the 1970’s Sledge topped the charts with “I’ll Be Your Everything” and “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

He was particularly popular with his fans in the Netherlands, Germany, and on the African continent, especially South Africa and Zimbabwe.

He had a unique connection with South Africa, he toured the country three times.  

His very first visit to SA was in 1970 when he opened at the Luxurama Theatre, in Cape Town and them again in 1984.  

Sledge’s very last visit to South Africa was in 2013 for the Music Alla Kaap Concert where he performed with the likes of PJ Powers in Cape Town.

Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife and children.