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Out Of Left Cotton Field: The Brokenhearted Country Soul Of Percy Sledge

Barney Hoskyns, 'The Complete Atlantic Recordings' (Rhino), 2010

PERCY SLEDGE IS as prone to romanticizing Muscle Shoals as the many music writers who rhapsodize about the area in pieces about local luminaries like Drive-By Truckers and Dylan LeBlanc. Though he hasn't lived there for many years, the small northern Alabama city with the surreal name remains Percy's true home, the musical oasis that–back in the 1960s–made him the king of southern country soul. Not to mention one of the most deeply affecting singers in the history of R&B.

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