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Percy Sledge: A Beautiful Life

Mat Snow, MOJO, December 1994

ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1967, THE MACON, GEORGIA, office of Phil Walden and Associates, management and booking agents, was thronging with the most heavyweight soul talent in South — Joe Simon, Johnnie Taylor, Sam and Dave. Even though she was not on the books nor even a Southerner, Aretha Franklin was part of the Stax-Volt-Atlantic family of stars, and she’d dropped by too as everyone got ready for their weekend engagements.

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