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10 Best Covers of Percy Sledge's 'When a Man Loves a Woman'

Hear Bette Midler, Frank Ocean and a pre-teen Ryan Gosling rework the Southern soul classic

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Eddie Harris (1966)

Most instrumental covers of "When a Man Loves a Woman" play it pretty straight. Not the version by jazz saxophonist Harris, which opened his 1966 album The Tender Storm. He strips the song down to a handful of melodic fragments and a funky little riff or two, propelled by hard-bop pianist Cedar Walton, and reshuffles them into a six-minute jam. Harris's version marked the beginning of his engagement with soul music and of his experiments with the Varitone, an electronic effects unit that let him tweak the sound of his sax.

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