''Someone at Columbia Records wrote this critique on my new album and said that ''When a Man Loves a Woman'' should come off of the album, because the Percy Sledge's version was still being played at Adult Contemporary Radio. But ironically the song became the biggest hit on the album and went to number one faster than any number one that I've ever had. If I had listened to Don Ienner, the president of Columbia Records, who told me to take off the song of the album, I would have never had the grammys from it.'' - Michael Bolton
''When I wrote the song at first, it was called ‘Why Did You Leave Me Baby.’ And I changed it from that to ‘When a Man Loves a Woman.’ I just reversed it. Quin told me that if I was to write some lyrics around that melody and the expression I’d put into ‘Why Did You Leave Me Baby,’ he believed it would’ve been a hit record. He was one of the top disc jockeys at that time. Sure enough, he asked me if I had any lyrics for that. He said, “That’s it! Write a story around that title! What a song that would be with that feeling you had!” It was a song that was meant to be. It wasn’t just what I had done; it was the musicians, the producer, the background singers, the right time.'' - Percy Sledge
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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