percy sledge funeral

Percy Sledge’s family sits at his funeral in Baker, LA (April 21, 2015)

*Funeral services are being held in Louisiana for R&B legend Percy Sledge, the singer best known for the 1966 hit “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Sledge died last week at age 74 after a battle with liver cancer.

Tuesday’s funeral at Bethany Church in Baker, near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is being billed as a celebration of Sledge’s life. It is streaming live at

Sledge’s hits included “Warm and Tender Love” and “Take Time to Know Her.” But “When a Man Loves a Woman” — his first hit — became a standard that sustained his long touring career in the U.S., Europe and South Africa and led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.