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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge


Love Me Like You Mean It

When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge
Cover Photo: Nick Samardge
Cover Design: Haig Adishian
Back Liner Photo: Ray Campbell
Supervision: Quin Ivy & Marlin Greene
Atlantic SD 8125

From the back cover: Percy Sledge, who is 25 years old, has been singing since he was 15. He always wanted to be a professional singer, and worked towards this goal as he grew up in his home town of Leighton, Alabama. About five years ago he turned professional and soon was singing with a group called The Esquires Combo, working in Alabama and Mississippi, and over the past few years they spent many weekends playing at fraternity parties on the campus of Ole Miss.

A few months ago, at a friend's suggestion, Percy dropped in to see Quin Ivy at Ivy's Tune Tower Record Shop in Sheffield, Ala. Ivy, an astute judge of singers after many years as a disc jockey (WMPS, Memphis; WKDA, Nashville, and WLAY, Muscle Shoals, Ala.) listened to him sing, flipped over When A Man Loves A Woman, and decided to record him immediately. Ivy and Martin Greene (guitarist and recording man) joined forces to supervise Percy Sledge's session at Ivy's Norala Sound Studios in Sheffield. (Greene ever played guitar on the session.) No need to comment on how that session turned out – it was a sensational success for Percy Sledge, Quin Ivy and Marlin Greene.

This first album by Percy Sledge contains a powerful collection of soul songs in the warm, moving style that has brought Percy Sledge both fame and fortune. – Bob Rolontz

From Billboard - May 8, 1966: "When A Man Loves A Woman," is currently among the top 10 singles, skyrocketed Sledge to national prominence and is featured in this debut album for the talented soul singer. Other outstanding blues numbers are "Love Makes The World Go Round" and "Love Me Like You Mean It,"

When A Man Loves A Woman
My Adorable One
Put A Little Lovin' On Me
Love Me All The Way
When She Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters)
You're Pouring Water On A Drowning Man
Thief In The Night
You Fooled Me
Love Makes The World Go Round
Love Me Like You Mean It

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