Bill Withers is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from the 70s until the mid-80s.
It is barely two weeks since Withers demise, aged 81, as he was born 4 July 1938 at Slab Fork, West Virginia.
The singer is best remembered for his classic hits “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Use Me,” “Ain’t no Sunshine,” and other sizable caches of great songs to his credit.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue his music career in 1967, Withers would go on to win three Grammy Awards from nine nominations and one NAACP for Male Singer of the Year. Both “Ain’t no Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” also made it in the list of the top 500 songs through all times from the music magazine Rolling Stones.
Following his exploits in the music industry, Bill Withers was inducted into both Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and 2015 respectively.
Within his 15 years of a professional music career that spans through 1970 to 1985, Bill was able to record incredible eight studio albums with several other compilations and live albums.
Before his death, Withers was married to actress Denise Nicholas 1973, but the couple would go on to divorce in 1974 following reports of domestic violence. Moreover, in 1976, he re-married to Marcia Johnson, whom he had two children, Todd and Kori with. Later, Marcia assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills-based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they grew.
March 30, 2020, saw the legend pass away following heart complications, after what would be considered a fulfilling life and career!