When a Man Loves a Woman

original song written and composed by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright and first recorded by Percy Sledge in 1966

"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a 1966 R&B song by Percy Sledge.[1] The song hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2] It also was #1 on the R&B singles chart. The song was later performed by Michael Bolton in 1991. His version won a Grammy Award.[3] Barbara Mandrell recorded a country music version of this song, also in 1991.

Percy Sledge at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Concert


  1. "Great American Ballad". LA Times. Retrieved Apr 14, 2015.
  2. "1966 Billboard Charts Archive". Billboard. Archived from the original on 12 June 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. "Percy Sledge, R&B & Soul Singer of 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' Dead at 73". CBS Local Media. 14 April 2015. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015.