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Percy Sledge dies at 74; sang 'When a Man Loves a Woman'
Percy Sledge dies at 74; sang 'When a Man Loves a Woman'

The way soul singer Percy Sledge often told the story, his unexpected entry into pop music immortality came out of a Christmas party performance gone south. Sledge, who had been working as a hospital orderly and was often asked by patients to sing for them, was invited to entertain at a holiday gathering not long after his girlfriend had dumped him and headed to Los Angeles to pursue a modeling career, taking one of his best friends along as her new beau. He told the band working with him to hit a chord, and began pouring his heart out about the pain he was going through. "I had a couple of Jack Daniel's, and my eyes were as big as hen eggs," he told Rolling Stone in 1988....

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