Soul singer Percy Sledge dies

Percy Sledge Credit: PA Wire

Soul singer Percy Sledge, known for his ballad, When a Man Loves a Woman, has died.

Sledge, who was in his early 70s, died early Tuesday morning, Coroner Dr William "Beau" Clark confirmed.

Sledge's first recording took him from hospital orderly to a long touring career averaging 100 performances a year and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Between 1966 and 1968, Sledge used his forlorn, crying vocal style to record a series of Southern soul standards.

In later years, Sledge continued to be an in-demand performer in the United States and Europe with When a Man Loves a Woman used in movies including The Big Chill and The Crying Game.

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