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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Mae West (1966)

The perennially overripe sexpot Mae West was in her seventies when she recorded the album Way Out West, a very strange collection of then-contemporary hits on which the former film star was backed up by a garage-rock band called Somebody's Chyldren. Her take on "When a Man Loves a Woman" is as campy as you'd guess, but her slightly off-key delivery reaches back to her roots in vaudeville and pre-amplification theater: Check out the way she shouts and shimmies down from those high notes.

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