Percy Sledge: He tore us up with soul songs

April 14, 2015 10:42 PM

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Think how your heart felt when you first heard that misery come pouring out of your hi-fi or transistor radio: This gentle, eternally devoted soul had just been blindsided by his woman, who'd left him broke, bleeding inside and sleeping out in the rain.

Now, think how you felt the next million times that Percy Sledge's When a Man Loves a Woman entered your consciousness in the 49 years since it hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in 1966. It still made you ache, right? Every dang time. And yet you never faulted the guy for yearning for...

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