Soul singer Percy Sledge dies

April 14, 2015 3:17 PM

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Soul singer Percy Sledge dies

In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, Percy Sledge kneels as he performs "When a Man Loves a Woman" along with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at the Musicians Hall of Fame awards show in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

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