Friday, August 5, 2011

The Soul Corner - Percy Sledge "When a Man Loves a Woman"

Do yourself a favor and listen to this song as if you've never heard it before. Give it your full attention. Put the cell phone away, turn off the TV, banish the kids from the room, put the dog out. Intently listen, and enjoy.

I was going to hold this all-time classic until later in the year to bring the Soul Corner to an apex, but I needed one for this week and could wait no longer.

This live version is perfect:

The song reached #1 on the charts in 1966. Legend has it that Percy Sledge wrote the lyrics on the spot in the studio while recording the track. If even close to true, that is so crazy off the rails, I have no comment.

Here's the recorded version with mostly though not entirely accurate lyrics:

The Soul Corner doesn't get any more soulful than this.

Percy's Blog (still touring, still making records)

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