Percy Sledge

sledge2November 25, 1941 – April 14, 2015

Percy Sledge was a popular R&B and Soul singer in the 1960s and ’70s. He worked as an orderly in an Alabama hospital in his early years. Providential encounters through the hospital led to his distinctive and soulful voice getting discovered and he was offered a record contract. Sledge’s first recording produced what would become the signature song of his career: 1966’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

What followed was a nearly 5-decade career that found Sledge recording and performing all around the world. Sledge’s powerful and passionate voice found new audiences in the ’80s and ’90s thanks to “When a Man Loves a Woman” resurfacing in film and commercial projects. In 2005, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Percy Sledge died of liver cancer in Baton Rouge at the age of 73.


Heavenly Gates Cemetery – Baton Rouge, LA

Specific Location

Building C, B-8; Percy is buried on the interior side of Building C which is immediately to the southeast of the central covered section. 2nd row up, in the middle.


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