1. Percy Sledge, Rhythm and Blues Artist (When A Man Loves A Woman), Percy Sledge worked in a series of blue-collar jobs in the fields in Leighton, Alabama before taking a job as an orderly at Colbert CountyHospital in Sheffield, Alabama. Through the mid 1960s, he toured the Southeast with the Esquires Combo on weekends, while working at the hospital during the week. A former patient and mutual friend of Sledge and record producer Quin Ivy introduced the two. An audition followed, and Sledge was signed to a recording contract.
Sledge’s soulful voice was perfect for the series of soul ballads produced by Ivy and Marlin Greene. “When a Man Loves a Woman” was Sledge’s first song recorded under the contract, and was released in March 1966. The song’s inspiration came when Sledge’s girlfriend left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from construction job in late 1965. Because bassist Calvin Lewis and organist Andrew Wright helped him with the song, he gave all the songwriting credits to them. It reached #1 in the U.S. and went on to become an international hit. “When A Man Loves A Woman” was a hit twice in the UK, reaching #6 in 1966 and, on reissue, peaked at #2 in 1987. The song was also the first gold record released by Atlantic Records. The soul anthem became the cornerstone of Sledge’s career, and was followed by “Warm and Tender Love” (Covered by UK songstress Elkie Brooks in 1981), “It Tears Me Up”, “Take Time to Know Her” (his second biggest U.S. hit, reaching #11), “Love Me Tender”, and “Cover Me”.
Sledge charted with “I’ll Be Your Everything” and “Sunshine” during the 1970s, and has become an international concert favorite throughout the world, especially in the Netherlands,Germany, and on the African continent, and South Africa in particular.
2. Mark Anthony Whiten, former Major League Baseball outfielder and switch-hitter batter who played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1990–91), Cleveland Indians (1991–92, 1998–2000), St. Louis Cardinals (1993–94), Boston Red Sox (1995), Philadelphia Phillies (1996), Atlanta Braves (1996), Seattle Mariners (1996) and New York Yankees (1997). He became known by the nickname “Hard-Hittin'” Mark Whiten.
3. Stacy Lattisaw, R&B, dance, and gospel singer. Since the 1990s, she has exclusively sung gospel music, as a callback to her Christian roots. When she was a teenager in the early 1980s, Lattisaw had a string of Top 40 R&B hits, with several songs — “Let Me Be Your Angel,” “Jump to the Beat”, “Love on a Two-Way Street” and “Miracles” — crossing over to the pop mainstream. Lattisaw recorded her first album forCotillion Records at the age of 12 in 1979, under the direction of record producer Van McCoy. However it was not until she affiliated withNarada Michael Walden, a former drummer with the Mahavishnu Orchestra who was just beginning a career as a producer, that she became a star. Under Walden’s direction, she had five hit albums between 1981 and 1986. From her album of 1982 , Sneakin’ Out, Mariah Carey took a sample of the song “Attack Of The Name Game” for her song Heartbreaker. She continued recording into the late 1980s, signing toMotown in 1986. She scored her only #1 R&B hit as a duet with Johnny Gill called “Where Do We Go from Here”. While the success was great, she grew increasingly disenchanted with the record industry. By the early 1990s, she decided to retire from the music industry and concentrate on raising her family. In addition, her official website states that she is now working on a gospel CD. She also opened for the Jacksons Triumph Tour.
4. Erick Sermon, also known as Erick Onassis or EMD (Erick Making Dollars), Rapper, musician, and producer. Sermon is best known as half of late-1980s/1990s hip hop group EPMD and for production work.
5. Donovan James McNabb (born November 25, 1976) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of theNational Football League (NFL). He was the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback from 1999 to 2009. In college, McNabb played footballand basketball for Syracuse University. The Eagles selected him as the second overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft.
McNabb led the Eagles to four consecutive NFC East division championships (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004), five NFC Championship Games (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008), and one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXIX, in which the Eagles were defeated by the New England Patriots). Perhaps his most memorable play has become known as “4th and 26”, which took place against the Green Bay Packers in the final minutes of a 2003 NFC Divisional playoff game.
He is the Eagles’ all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.