WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN

Created on 12/08/2001
Latest update on 10/04/2021

Artist: Percy Sledge
Author: Calvin Lewis/Arthur Wright
Label: Atlantic
Year: 1966

N°1 US. His producers Quin Ivy and Marlin Greene heard him in a club with this song, still entitled Why Did You Leave Me Baby? They thought it deserved better lyrics. Sledge neglected to claim part of the credits. All the royalty's went to bass player Calvin Lewis and organ player Arthur Wright. Since Michael Bolton's extra n°1 US, the worldwide Levi's commercial and the soundtracks to the films The Crying Game ('93) and When A Man Loves A Woman ('94), these guys can go fishing every day. Recorded at Quin Ivy's Norale studio in Sheffield, AL with Fame studio musicians including Spooner Oldham on Farfisa. Dan Penn allerted Rick Hall who gave the word to Jerry Wexler and the rest is chart history: the first southern soul song to cross over to #1 on the pop charts.

Covers:

1966:

Spencer Davis Group

1966:

Johnny Rivers

1966:

Ketty Lester [as When A Woman Loves A Man]

1966:

Esther Phillips [idem]

1966:

Joe Simon

1966:

Johnny Hallyday [as Quand un homme perd ces rêves]

1966:

Alan Price Set

1966:

Ricky Mason [as Tu prétends que tu m'aimes]

1967:

Manuela [as Wenn es Nacht wird in Harlem]

1967:

Z.Z. Hill

1967:

Jerry Butler [as When A Woman Loves A Man]

1968:

Maxine Brown

1969:

Lou Rawls

1970:

Pacific Gas & Electric

1971:

Karen Dalton

1973:

Laura Lee [as When A Woman Loves A Man]

1973:

Gregg Allman [outtake]

1974:

Jerry Lee Lewis

1977:

James & Bobby Purify

1979:

Bette Midler

1983:

Silver Condor

1985:

Don Dixon

1986:

Solomon Burke

1988:

Art Garfunkel

1991:

Michael Bolton [n°1 US; comment of the NME on Michael Bolton's cover: 'If he hates the man so much, then why didn't he went to Percy Sledge's house and murdered his children?']

1994:

Karin Bloemen

2003:

Helmut Lotti

2006:

Aaron Neville

2010:

Ben Saunders [n°1 NL]

2015:

Andy Fairweather Low

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