I had hoped my first post after my holidays would be a chirpy one - perhaps one of the 15 Tsonga CDs I picked up while in South Africa - but sadly not. Instead we need to pay tribute to the great Percy Sledge, who passed away earlier today at the age of 74.
Because of the ubiquity of "When A Man Loves A Woman", Percy is sometimes thought of as a one-song man. Nothing could be further from the truth. He made some of the best soul records in the business, one of which - his version of George Soule's "I'll Be Your Everything" - is a serious contender for the first dance when me and the next Mrs Goggins tie the knot. Here it is, with a few other personal favourites. There are many, many more I could have chosen.
"I'll Be Your Everything" - Percy Sledge
"You Got Away With Love" - Percy Sledge
"First You Cry" - Percy Sledge
"If This Is The Last Time" - Percy Sledge