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Blue Night

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At 54, Percy Sledge sounds as sweet as ever, a deep-throated tenor who could wrench emotions by singing pages of the Oxford American. Fortunately, he’s got top-notch material on Blue Night, from the inspirational ”First You Cry” to the in-a-funk classic ”I Wish It Would Rain.” If there’s any justice, Blue Night will bring a little green to Percy Sledge, a true-blue soul survivor. A