Bill Withers Dies at 81

  • Bill Withers Dies at 81

Bill Withers Dies at 81

Withers's family confirmed their loved one's passing in a statement and indicated that they are "devastated by the loss". "As a private life like the one he lived near family and close friends, his music always belongs to the world". There is a sympathy in his voice, an underlying sense of understanding as heard in "Lean On Me" that ironically lends itself in appropriateness, given the reality of the current crisis we are facing together. In 1987, Bill received his ninth Grammy nomination and third Grammy as a songwriter for the re-recording of the 1972 hit "Lean On Me" by Club Nouveau.

From being brought up as the youngest of six children in a small coal-mining town in West Virginia and working his way through a stutter to becoming a musician who almost everyone can quote word for word, his legacy is something that will continue to live long past his death.

Its single "Ain't No Sunshine" is now named among Rolling Stone's greatest songs of all time.

Withers moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and self-financed demos, releasing in 1971 his debut studio album "Just As I Am", which was produced by the influential Booker T. Jones. This album held some of his well-known hits like "Grandma's Hands" and "Ain't No Sunshine".

The 1980 R&B song was a collaboration between jazz saxophone player Grover Washington, Jr. and Withers, per Song facts.

Save for a few exceptions, Withers quit making music in the mid-1980s following a contentious stint at Columbia Records. But everyone knew him through his songs even if they didn't recognise his name.

Withers retired in 1985 following the release of his final album, Watching You Watching Me.

Michael Jackson has to defy gravity. He was also the subject of a 2009 documentary called Still Bill and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori.