Percy Sledge

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2005

Inducted by: Rod Stewart

Nominated in: 2005

First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony

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When A Man Loves A Woman (1966)

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28 comments so far (post your own)

A sorta one hit wonder. This guy is in because Dave Marsh saw to it. He is one of Dave Marsh's favorite singers. This is why the RRHoF is a load of crap.

Look at these numbers....

1966 When a Man Loves a Woman US pop #1, U.S. R&B #1, UK #4
1966 Warm and Tender Love US pop #17, U.S. R&B #5, UK #34
1966 It Tears Me Up US pop #20, U.S. R&B #7
1967 Baby, Help Me US pop #87, U.S. R&B #44
1967 Out Of Left Field US pop #59, U.S. R&B #25
1967 Love Me Tender US pop #40, U.S. R&B #35
1967 Cover Me US pop #42, U.S. R&B #39
1968 Take Time to Know Her US pop #11, U.S. R&B #6
1968 Sudden Stop US pop #63, U.S. R&B #41
1968 You're All Around Me US pop #109
1969 My Special Prayer US pop #93, U.S. R&B #44
1969 Any Day Now US pop #86, U.S. R&B #35
1969 Kind Woman US pop #116

KISS has sold 100 million records, influenced generations of bands, and they get denied. Says it all about the situation.

Posted by Dood on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 01:11am

My top artists on my all-ignored team (in no particular order);

Alice Cooper
Joy Division (the more I listen the more I can't understand this omission!!)
King Crimson
Link Wray (how much more of a rock innovator do they want??)
Tony Levin ( far as bass sidemen go, I might put Leland Sklar and Stu Hamm on this list, too)

There are so many more that it would fill this whole thing up, but at least Percy Sledge is in, so I can sleep at night!!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 07:51am

Liam...Has to put this on here, thought you might get a charge out of it!! I always try to add visual justification to my statements when I!!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 08:06am

But, it's NOT about the numbers. It's cool to have reasons why someone shouldn't be in or should be in, but big commercial success isn't a facotr- of course, some that are in have enjoyed that, but there also are many in who weren't as big commercially as others.

Posted by JR on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 08:37am

Percy Sledge, in my opinion, wasn't innovative, influential, or commercally successful! Any other reason for being inducted over more deserving artists (and trust me, there were loads of them at the time) is just a travesty, and some of them like Percy Sledge have been obvious!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.2.08 @ 09:06am

Percey Sledge in the HOF - ridiculous. This induction took the process to a low.

Posted by tsl on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 14:12pm

Not at all tsl. He waited a long time and was very deserving of his induction.

Posted by Rocks on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 16:00pm

In my opinion, his best song is "My Special Prayer" much better than "When a Man Loves a Woman" but not as well known. "It Tears Up" and "Try a Little Tenderness" where also good.

Posted by Perry on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:02pm

Correction: "It Teats ME Up" lol. Also "Warm and Tender Love" = goodness. Much deserved induction. Unlike Isaac Hayes.

Posted by Perry on Tuesday, 12.23.08 @ 17:06pm

I don't see how people who bang on about Madonna and Abba not deserving in don't say the same about Percy Sledge. A one hit wonder with next to no influence, innovation or commercial sucess.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 05.9.11 @ 16:04pm

I don't see how people who bang on about Madonna and Abba not deserving in don't say the same about Percy Sledge. A one hit wonder with next to no influence, innovation or commercial sucess.

GFW...I agree on Madonnna but ABBA is fantastic and it's better sometimes to have a one hit wonder than multiple no hit wonders

Posted by justtim on Monday, 05.9.11 @ 21:26pm

Cmmercial sucess alone is not enoughjusttim. Especially when the song isn't even that good.
Also I agree, Abba is a brilliant band.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 05.10.11 @ 13:19pm

OK, now I'm going to use GFW's formula on artists actually in the RRHOF to try and gauge whether they deserve to be inducted in the first place. First up, the controversial induction of Percy Sledge:

Innovation: No real innovation, just followed the same format to what had already been done. 0

Influence: "When a Man Loves a Woman" is a pretty big classic and he's had a few other songs as well, unfortunately even though many of these are good they haven't seemed to have had much staying power. 5

Commercial success: Apart from "When a Man Loves a Woman" being such a big hit, not much. 10

Critical acclaim: "When a Man Loves a Woman" is usually considered one of the greatest songs of all time, he's been inducted into various Music Halls of Fame. 20

Bonus for "When a Man Loves a Woman." 10

Total: 45

Conclusion: Not Hall of Fame worthy. (Sorry Mr. Sledge).

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 04:34am

I'mma be all contrarian and edgy hee and say why I think WAMLAW is a crap song. All subjective.

The Vocals are... well kinda one note. There ain't a great deal of variatin, it seems to be mostly POWER POWER GO ALL OUT. The guy neds to learn the wonder of dynamcs.

The lyrics are bloody pathetic. Fair enough, making sacrifices for your partner, but the guy's gonna live on the streets just because she said so? c'mon dude, you gotta step it up.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 09.21.12 @ 17:06pm

Aside from dismissing the poetic device of hyperbole, GFW, I pretty much agree with your assessment. Never cared much for the song.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 09.21.12 @ 17:39pm

We all don't agree on much around here, but we probably can agree that Percy Sledge is the worst induction so far in the Performer category. Is there someone already inducted who is a worse pick?

Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 09.21.12 @ 19:58pm

No, I think Sledge is the worst by far. All the other marginal candidates at least had something going for them. Very little to no tangible influence to speak of plus "When a Man Loves a Woman" isn't even that great of a vocal. At least with someone like Darlene Love, there is undeniable musical talent there.

Posted by rockstar23 on Friday, 09.21.12 @ 23:35pm

I always liked his music I heard him in the 90's he was great.. Good show .everyone seem to enjoy it..what more do you need 10 #1'S Sometimes 1 song can say it all ...Less can be more!!!..... I am HAPPY he is IN ....Seems the RRHOF agree...

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 00:04am

I can understand peoples' frustration with Sledge's induction but come on, "When a Man Loves a Woman" is a classic (despite being overplayed by Oldies radio stations). If it had been recorded by an artist currently not in the Hall, like say, the Spinners or Joe Tex, we would likely see people complaining how an artist who recorded such a good song isn't in the Hall.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 03:51am

Percy Sledge is undeniably the utterly worst inductee the Hall ever put in. Who did this guy influence? No one of note. Innovation? Nope ,just another standard 60's soul singer. Commercial Success? Just one overplayed songs and a number of other minor "hits" (why do some people o nthis site think a song that went to, say, 38 or 65 on the charts is a hit?) Simply put, this man has no buisness being in the hall and the fact that we have so many infinitely more deserving artists still not in is plain insulting.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 06:32am

He was inducted for his anthem, When A Man Loves A Woman. Just watch, Steppenwolf will be inducted for their anthems too: Born To Be Wild and Magic Carpet Ride.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 10:33am

Well, I do disagree with GFW: I think even a minor hit is still a hit. "Memories" by Elvis? One of his best songs, imo, and it only went to #35. Several Chuck Berry classics barely scratched the Top 40 as well.

As for Percy Sledge, I've argued the devil's advocate position in the past, and I'll bring it up here again: WAMLAW paved the way for the next generation of smooth soul to come along... a lot of the smooth soul came after his wake. I think it could pretty well argued that he played a big role in that.

Roy, when a band has two anthems, I personally think that's more than blind luck. Besides, Steppenwolf were excellent blues-rockers: Rock Me Baby, The Pusher, Straight Shootin' Woman, etc.

I know Digital Dream Door called Laura Nyro a worse inductee than Sledge, but I'd disagree with that.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 10:42am

Does That mean Kraftwerk will get i nfor their anthems Autobahn, Trans Europe Express and Neon Lights?

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 09.22.12 @ 10:42am

Don McLean will be inducted for American Pie and Thin Lizzy will be inducted for The Boys Are Back In Town.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.3.12 @ 09:09am

... No, Don Mclean won't be inducted and Thin Lizzy will be inducted for the album "Jailbreak"

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 10.3.12 @ 12:08pm

Well, while I do know this guy had talent in him and he sang one of the greatest love songs of all-time, I still question why he's in the RRHOF. In fact, he's in my 'bottom 3' as the least important that's in the HOF. On the bright side, he did live to see his induction. That's something a lot of acts these days probably won't say in the future. R.I.P.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 04.14.15 @ 12:45pm

Johnnie Taylor, Ben E. King, Gene Chandler, Chuck Jackson, Brook Benton....NOT inducted.

Percy Sledge....inducted.

Sorry. Just can't see it.

Anyway,R.I.P. Percy.

Posted by Bill G. on Tuesday, 04.14.15 @ 21:11pm

Well, at least now he won't have to listen or read anyone calling him the worst inductee. I still say he's more deserving than Madonna, but whatever. RIP Percy

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 04.15.15 @ 00:08am

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