Bill Withers, singer
birth name: William Harrison Withers, Jr.

Bill Withers

July 4, 1938, Slab Fork, WV

Bill Withers's creative light burned brightly throughout the 1970s and dimmed in the mid-1980s. He recorded such hits as ‘Ain't No Sunshine,’ ‘Lean on Me,’ ‘Use Me,’ and his final chartbusting single, ‘Just the Two of Us,’ (with Grover Washington). His presence on both the pop and rhythm-and-blues charts during this period was marked by the quiet assurance of his musical ability, subtle and soothing voice, the messages contained in his songs, and his innate ability to craft hit singles that appealed to listeners of all ages and races. ~ Musicianguide: Bill Withers ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Musicianguide

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Bill Withers ~ Inducted in the 2005 Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ Bill Withers is one of America's premier singer/songwriters. Combining soulful warmth, a folksy, genuine feel, and an immediately recognizable voice, Withers has sung his way into the hearts of millions. He has an uncanny ability to say with profound honesty and great sensitivity, what so many of us feel in our hearts, but are unable to express in words. His music and lyrics have a universal appeal, simple yet sophisticated. Bill attributes this to his own universality-as he describes it, a rural childhood and an urban-international adulthood. Born in West Virginia, the youngest of six children in a small coal-mining town, his youthful musical experiences were mainly in gospel quartets in small churches. During a nine year term in the Navy, which carried him throughout the Far East, Withers was inspired to try his hand at singing. Songwriting came as a result of futile searches for original songs that expressed what he felt. ~ 2005 © Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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