Sledge and Ivy honored with historic marker in Sheffield


Percy Sledge meets with friends and on-lookers at the unveiling of a historic marker in Sheffield. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – He’s the voice behind one of the top five music singles ever released and member of the Music Hall of Fame.

Percy Sledge was honored in Sheffield Tuesday with his very own historical marker, forever enshrining the location where the song was recorded.

After 48 years, he still has the rock star status wherever he shows up.

Sledge is a Leighton native who walked the streets of Sheffield one more time Tuesday afternoon to help unveil the historical plaque.

It marks the East Second Street spot where Sledge belted out “When a Man Loves a Woman” for the first time in 1966 at Quin Ivy’s recording studio.

“He knew, he knew what I had done, but I didn’t. I was just having fun,” explained Sledge.

He says he never realized at the time the song would take him around the world.

And Sledge said of all the accolades he has received throughout his life, this marker has to be the most special.

“It’s a wonderful feeling,” Sledge said. “It’s one of the greatest feelings a guy could have, especially with everything a guy could have in life. For something like this, it’s very special.”

And Sledge said he couldn’t have been more humbled to see old faces of musicians who helped record the song.

A benefit concert to raise money for Sledge, who is battling liver cancer, happened Tuesday evening at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center.

Entertainment included artists like John Paul White, Bobby Denton, David Hood, and many others.

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