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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Karen Dalton (1971)

The great almost-lost singer of the early-Sixties Greenwich Village folk scene, Dalton had a gorgeously cracked voice with the clarity of a trumpet. Uninterested in conforming to anyone else's idea of what she should do with her talents, she only made two studio albums, and her unnerving version of "When a Man Loves a Woman" appeared on the second, 1971's In My Own Time. The band behind her is tight and swaying, but Dalton toys with the song's words and rhythms, altering it into the expression of a terrible, personal wound.

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