101 # 1 Song of the Day 5-30-13

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The 101 number one song of the day was described by its creator as “happy and sad” at the same time.  What he actually said was, “the song was a happy accident, because I was so damned sad.”

He was singing in a small club in Alabama at the time but one night, after he had just been dumped by his girlfriend, he could not bring himself to sing his regular repertoire of Beatles and Smokey Robinson songs.  So he asked his bassist Cameron Lewis and organist Arthur Wright to play something in any key.  With that, he proceeded to pour his heart out in song right there on stage.  The result would become a number one song and a huge payday for Lewis and Wright who were given complete writing credit by a very generous Percy Sledge.  It was number one on May 30th, 1966 –  “When a Man Loves a Woman”