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Clay Aiken – A Fan Request

“When A Man Loves A Woman”

When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothin’ else
He’d trade the world
For a good thing he’s found
If she is bad, he can’t see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
If he puts her down
When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Trying to hold on to what he needs
He’d give up all his comforts
And sleep out in the rain
If she said that’s the way
It ought to be

Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright wrote this beautiful song. Percy Sledge first recorded it in 1966. It made it up to #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B singles charts.

The song was recorded by many artists. Two of the most popular recordings were by Bette Midler in 1980 and Michael Bolton in 1991.

When a Man Loves a Woman was very popular during the Vietnam War. Besides being popular with American soldiers, it was featured in the 1987 war movie, Platoon.

Clay Aiken sang this song during the Jukebox Tour in 2005.  It was a fan request.  Clay delivered a fabulous, unrehearsed rendition of the song.

The following video was put together by Hosaa and it is great.  I hope you enjoy it!

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  1. Really did enjoy that video by Hosaa it was great and Clay was so much fun during those early years. He really has the fans wondering what is in store for this year with the Instagram put out by the photographer "Curtis Brown". Something is going on!

  2. Thank you. for the video! I remember on an interview, that Clay wanted to do this song, but it was denied by American Idol's advisors! OMC did a soulful rendition! OMG!

  3. Love that video. it was so much fun watching Clay working with his back up singers so they understood what he wanted to do. Loved the young girl yelling, "Hurry up, Clay!"
    and Clay turning around to admonish that "Perfection takes time".
    and boy , his singing that song was Perfection.

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