Percy Sledge: 10 Essential Tracks

The soul legend was best known for "When a Man Loves a Woman," but his career was filled with undiminished treasures

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"Cover Me" (1967)

Cut from the same cloth as "Warm and Tender Love," the Eddie Hinton/Marlin Greene song "Cover Me" is another plea for love, which means it's one of the rare Percy Sledge songs where the pleasure outweighs the pain. Sledge is still begging his lover to stay, but the very fact that the heartbreak has yet to happen gives this single a glimmer of hope, a positive vibe the organ-heavy, laidback groove mirrors.

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