Retro of the day: Percy Sledge

“When a Man Loves a Woman” is a song written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright which was recorded by Percy Sledge[1] in 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts.[2] It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert “Junior” Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The music is built around a commonly used descending bass line chord progression as in Pachelbel’s canon, or Bach’s Air on the G string.

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