Mourners gather in Louisiana to honor R&B star Percy Sledge
BAKER, La. (AP) Funeral services are underway for Percy Sledge, the rhythm and blues singer best known for the 1966 hit "When a Man Loves a Woman."
Sledge died last week at age 74 after a battle with liver cancer.
Tuesday's funeral at Bethany Church in Baker, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is being billed as a celebration of Sledge's life. It will be streamed live at www.percysledge.org .
Sledge's hits included "Warm and Tender Love" and "Take Time to Know Her." But "When a Man Loves a Woman" his first hit became a standard that sustained his long touring career in the U.S., Europe and South Africa and led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.