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Soul singer Percy Sledge dies in hospice at age of 74

By AP Reporter

Percy Sledge, who recorded the classic 1966 soul ballad When A Man Loves A Woman, has died at the age of 74.

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 vocal style to record a series of southern soul standards.

In later years, he continued to be an in-demand performer in the US and Europe as When A Man Loves A Woman kept popping up in movies including The Big Chill and The Crying Game.

Sledge died of natural causes in hospice care in Louisiana.

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