Let’s Take A Moment Day 108

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Kerouac

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Percy Sledge’s songs personified what music critic Dave Marsh called “emotional classics for romantics of all ages”.  Sledge’s biggest hit has been around for over 50 years and despite excellent covers by fans like Gregg Allman, The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings and Bette Midler in the movie “The Rose”, it is the original that people still want to hear.

When a man loves a woman
He can do her no wrong
He can never want
Some other girl.

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge circa 1966 (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Percy Sledge:  “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966, written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Valentine’s Day Music Countdown: Song #11

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame describes the singer at #11 as having a forlorn, crying vocal style.  I describe him as unbelievably great.   My pick at #11 is “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge.

The passion in Sledge’s voice coupled with the power of it and the delivery of the lyrics exudes pure unadulterated soul on every level.  Sledge’s roots are in gospel and that is evident in every note he sings.

This phenomenal song hit #1 in May 1966 for two weeks on the Hot 100 chart and four weeks on the R&B chart.  It also hit #1 on the pop charts again in 1991 when Michael Bolton recorded his own version of the song.

Sadly, the song’s lyrics and music were actually written by Sledge but in what can only be called terribly misguided judgment, he gave the writing credits to two members of his band-Cameron Lewis and Andrew Wright-because they put together the song’s arrangement.  Sledge had several other hits throughout his career, but none of those songs came close to the beauty or the power of this one.

Sledge was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by one of his biggest fans, Rod Stewart.

The clip of the song I have included is a live performance by Sledge.  I found it on YouTube but I do not know what show it is from.  But what I do know is that the man who introduced Sledge is none other than soul legend Otis Redding.  If any of you know what show it is from, please share it in the comments below.

Enjoy!!!