Did You Know: “When A Man Loves A Woman” By Percy Sledge

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On ‘Tickets @ 2′ it’s Percy Sledge’s number one hit “When A Man Loves A Woman.”

Percy was an orderly at Colbert County (Alabama) Hospital in the daytime and sang with a local group, The Esquires Combo, at night. As Sledge tells it, one night while performing with The Esquires Combo, he was upset about a woman – a broken relationship – so upset he couldn’t concentrate on the music he was supposed to sing. He told the band to play a slow blues backing and ad-libbed “When A Man Loves A Woman.”

The woman was Lizz King, his girlfriend for 3 years who left him for a modeling job in Los Angeles. Sledge said: “I didn’t have any money to go after her, so there was nothing I could do to try and get her back.”

This was also a number-one hit for Michael Bolton in 1991.

When we play it between two and three we’ll be looking for caller # 8 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5784) to win a pair of tickets to see Three Dog Night and The Grass Roots July 19th at the Pacific Amphiteatre.

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