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Percy Sledge

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Leighton, Alabama, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1994-10-03

Duration: 00:26:41

Subjects: Sledge, Percy | SINGING | Rhythm and blues music | Saturday Night Live (Television program) | INAUGURATIONS | Bush, George, 1924- | United States presidential inauguration, 1989 | When a Man Loves a Woman (song) | Music


  • Fourrier, Clay Executive Producer
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Allen, Gary Associate Producer
  • Eaglin, J. Carlos, II Director
  • Weill, Gus Interviewer
  • Sledge, Percy Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from October 3, 1994, features an interview with Percy Sledge conducted by Gus Weill. Sledge is a Rhythm and Blues and Soul singer, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. He discusses: growing up in Leighton, Alabama; the beginning of his music career; the origins and longevity of his best-known hit song, “When a Man Loves a Woman”; his career resurgence when the song was featured in Oliver Stone’s 1987 film “Platoon”; the mismanagement of his money by his business managers; performing on “Saturday Night Live” and at President George H.W. Bush’s Inaugural Ball; why he likes living in Baton Rouge; touring and performing; and his plans for the future. He also sings an impromptu version of his hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman.”