Mix - Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman 1966 original audio
1 Sep Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright will go down in history for writing the classic " When A Man Loves A Woman" - the only song the pair ever wrote!. 15 Apr Most instrumental covers of "When a Man Loves a Woman" play it pretty straight. Not the version by jazz saxophonist Harris, which opened his album The Tender Storm. He strips the song down to a handful of melodic fragments and a funky little riff or two, propelled by hard-bop pianist Cedar Walton. "When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright and first recorded by Percy Sledge in at Norala Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. It made number one on both the Billboard Hot and R&B singles charts. Singer and actress Bette Midler recorded the song 14 years later and had.
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. 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 I got an unexpected response from one executive at the label.
As songwriters, can you imagine never writing another song after writing such a beautiful piece of material? These two men never did, but they will forever live in pop music history for this standard.
Not only has it been a classic chart hit, but various versions have followed.
Bette Midler did it for the film The Rose ; Michael Bolton took it to the top of the charts and took home a Grammy in And it was the opening theme to the film The Crying Game. He was playing bass with the Esquires Combo, a local band he joined when he was Wright, one of the founders of the Esquires, was a few years older than Lewis.
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman 1966 original audio
Also from Alabama, he remembers the first time he heard the song on the radio. But I never thought it would last this long. There was no one in the club but us.
He liked the demo, but a burst of inspiration while he was on the air one afternoon caused him to ask them to re-write the song. So we kept some of the phrases, worked on it for several weeks, and spent quite a bit of time in the studio. The two men have kept in touch, but have never written another song.
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Wright works regularly with his Decade Band, playing a blend of music similar to the Esquires Combo. Lewis followed a career in accounting and insurance services.
But when we went back the next night, we lost it. And its continuing success reminds me to encourage people to keep writing.
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