He's a soul man
Choice: One to see in the next seven days;
Friday 12 January 1996
If you are going to be associated in the public imagination with just one song, you could do a lot worse than "When a Man Loves a Woman". Thanks to a jeans ad, films - most recently, one that even shares a title with the song - and TV series, even those with little knowledge of popular music are familiar with the heart-rending ballad. But though Percy Sledge has done well by a song rooted in his own bitter experience, he was no one-hit wonder. Such follow-ups to that 1966 Number One as "It Tears Me Up" and "Warm and Tender Love" benefited from the period's love of churchy Southern soul. When that era waned, however, Sledge found it difficult to sell records and had to compete with other stalwarts of the style on the supper-club circuit. But, true to the theme of his biggest hit, he has never given up and last year astounded critics by releasing an album (Blue Night on Pointblank/Virgin) that - but for the odd slick piece of production - sounded like it had been made when he was at the height of his fame. Much of this is due to the presence of such Southern soul luminaries as Steve Cropper and Bobby Womack, combined with the selection of songs associated with the likes of James Carr and Otis Redding. Next week (15- 20 Jan), there is the chance to judge for yourselves the shape those famous pipes are in, when their mid-50s owner appears at London's Jazz Cafe.
Jazz Cafe, London NW1. Booking: 0171-344 0044
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 I was a Woman Against Feminism too
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 4 The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing
- 5 John Barrowman praised for Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gay kiss
Comic-Con 2014: Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch and Game of Thrones' George RR Martin set to attend
Hercules, review: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes centre stage in preposterous movie
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?
George R. R. Martin responds to 13-year-old fan's 'heartfelt' letter asking for a grisly death in Game of Thrones
Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains