The Kool Music Insider – Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman”

February 5, 2018 | by: pauljensen

In the mid-60’s Percy Sledge was working various jobs while trying to score a recording contract. When he finally did, he introduced a song idea to a couple of writers, after he was inspired to write down lyrics when his girlfriend left him for a modelling career. The song “When a Man Loves a Woman” began to take shape, and time was booked in the famed Muscle Shoals recording studio. At the last second Percy decided to swap the line “Why did you leave me baby” for “When a man loves a woman”, which turned out to be a great decision. “When a Man Loves a Woman” went to #1 for two weeks in the Spring of 1966 before the track was knocked off the top by the Rolling Stones “Paint it Black”. It’s interesting to note that the horns on the song were out of tune, so they were re-recorded. However, the tapes got mixed up and the original out of tune horns ended up on the recording.

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