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Percy Sledge

1940

Percy Sledge is born in Leighton, Alabama.

1966

Percy Sledge cuts the soul classic “When a Man Loves a Woman” at producer Quin Ivy’s Norala Studio.

1966

“When a Man Loves a Woman” tops the pop charts for the first of two weeks (and the R&B charts for four), becoming a milestone in the annals of Southern soul music.

1966

“Warm and Tender Love,” by Percy Sledge, enters the charts, where it will reach #5 R&B and #17 pop.

1968

“Take Time to Know Her,” the second biggest hit of Percy Sledge’s career (after “When a Man Loves a Woman"), enters the charts.

1969

The Best of Percy Sledge, which culls the soul legend’s greatest work for Atlantic, is released.

1973

“Sunshine,” by Percy Sledge - with backing vocals by the unrelated Sister Sledge - becomes Sledge’s last charting single for Atlantic Records.

1974

“I’ll Be Your Everything,” by Percy Sledge, enters the R&B charts. Released on the Capricorn label, it will mark the last time Sledge charts in the U.S.

1989

Percy Sledge is among the first class to receive the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Awards.

1991

“When a Man Loves a Woman,” originally by Percy Sledge, becomes a #1 hit for the second time in a version by Michael Bolton.

1995

Blue Night, Percy Sledge’s first new album in over twenty years, is released on Pointblank Records.

2005

Percy Sledge is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twentieth annual induction dinner.