|"When a Man Loves a Woman"|
|Single by Percy Sledge|
|from the album When a Man Loves a Woman|
|B-side||"Love Me Like You Mean It"|
|Recorded||February 17, 1966|
|Studio||Norala (Sheffield, Alabama)|
|Songwriter(s)||Calvin Lewis, Andrew Wright|
|Producer(s)||Marlin Greene, Quin Ivy|
|Percy Sledge singles chronology|
"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright and first recorded by Percy Sledgein 1966 at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts. Singer and actress Bette Midler recorded the song 14 years later and had a Top 40 hit with her version in 1980. In 1991, Michael Bolton recorded the song and his version peaked at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.
According to Dan Penn the song was initially recorded by Percy Sledge at Rick Hall's FAME Studios at Muscle Shoals, before being re-recorded at the nearby Norala Studios owned by Quin Ivy [ better source needed ]. According to Quin Ivy, Percy Sledge was introduced to him by his friend Leroy Wright in Ivy’s Tune Town record store. Wright convinced him to audition Sledge and his band the Esquires. The sidemen for the recording included Spooner Oldham, Farfisa organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert "Junior" Lowe, electric bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. Also on the session were Jack Peck, trumpet, Billy Cofield and Don “Rim” Pollard, tenor sax, and Jerry Eddleman, Jeannie Greene, Sandy Posey and Hershel Wiggington, backing vocals. Andrew Wright and Calvin Lewis did not play on the record. Rick Hall arranged a distribution deal with Atlantic Records, but Jerry Wexler asked that the song be re-recorded because the horns were out of tune. According to musician David Hood, "They went back in the studio and changed the horns, got different horn players to play on it. But then the tapes got mixed up and Atlantic put out their original version. So that's the hit."
Released by Atlantic Records in April 1966, Sledge's recording reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts,becoming the first number 1 hit recorded in Muscle Shoals. It is also one of seven number 1 hits to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 100. The single was also a top ten hit in the UK reaching number four on its initial release and ultimately peaking at number two in 1987 on the UK Singles Chart after it was featured in a Levi's Jeans commercial. The Percy Sledge version is listed 53rd in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Also in 1987, it was reissued in the US to promote the soundtrack album for Oliver Stone's film Platoon.
Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright were members of the Esquires, a band in Sheffield, Alabama fronted by singer Percy Sledge. According to Wright, "We were set to play a Friday night dance, and we were practicing ... I was messing around on the organ when this riff came up out of nowhere. There was no one in the club but us. I told Calvin to go home and write some words." The next night, they rehearsed the emerging song with Sledge, changed it around, and soon afterwards auditioned the song for local businessman and radio DJ Quin Ivy. He liked the song but suggested that some of the words be changed to give a more positive message. Wright said, "We kept some of the phrases, worked on it for several weeks, and spent quite a bit of time in the studio."
Although the writing of the song is credited to Lewis and Wright, Sledge later said that he should have received a co-writing credit. In one story, Sledge said that one night he was upset over a broken relationship and asked Lewis and Wright to play a slow blues over which he improvised lyrics describing his emotions; Quin Ivy was at the show and asked the band to refine the lyrics so that it could be recorded. Sledge said that he allowed Lewis and Wright to take the writing credits because they gave him the opportunity "to sing his heart out". [ better source needed ]
In another interview, Sledge said:
When I wrote the song at first, it was called "Why Did You Leave Me Baby". And I changed it from that to "When a Man Loves a Woman". I just reversed it. Quin told me that if I was to write some lyrics around that melody and the expression I'd put into "Why Did You Leave Me Baby", he believed it would've been a hit record. He was one of the top disc jockeys at that time. Sure enough, he asked me if I had any lyrics for that. He said, "That's it! Write a story around that title! What a song that would be with that feeling you had!" It was a song that was meant to be. It wasn't just what I had done; it was the musicians, the producer, the background singers, the right time.
|"When a Man Loves a Woman"|
|Single by Jimmy Barnes|
|from the album Barnestorming|
|B-side||"I'd Die to Be with You Tonight"|
|Songwriter(s)||Calvin Lewis, Andrew Wright|
|Jimmy Barnes singles chronology|
Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes released a version of "When a Man Loves a Woman" as the lead single from his live album Barnestorming . Barnes' version peaked at number 3 on the ARIA Charts.
|"When a Man Loves a Woman"|
|Single by Michael Bolton|
|from the album Time, Love & Tenderness|
|Released||October 18, 1991|
|Genre||Soft rock, blue-eyed soul|
|Songwriter(s)||Calvin Lewis, Andrew Wright|
|Producer(s)||Walter Afanasieff, Michael Bolton|
|Michael Bolton singles chronology|
"When a Man Loves a Woman" was recorded by singer Michael Bolton in 1989 for his album Time, Love & Tenderness . His version of the song reached number one on the U.S. pop and adult contemporary singles charts becoming the last song fully recorded in the 1980s to do so (in both charts). Bolton also received a Grammy Award for this song. This version has the distinction of being the last number one song to chart on the old Billboard Hot 100 charting system which relied on sales and airplay reports before switching over to Soundscan. Also, with the Percy Sledge original having reached number one previously, Bolton's version made it the seventh song in history to top the Hot 100 as recorded by multiple artists.
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