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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John Wesley Ryles (1976)

"When a Man Loves a Woman" was something of a comeback record for country singer John Wesley Ryles, who'd had a smash with "Kay" in 1968 but then drifted out of Nashville for most of the early Seventies. His cover of the soul standard gained Ryles some traction on the country charts, and the next year he followed it with a much bigger hit, "Once in a Lifetime Thing." It also featured a sly lyrical change: Ryles tweaked Sledge's line "tryin' to hold on to your heartless love" to "your high-class love."

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