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Album Review

Eighteen tracks, from the early '70s to the mid-'80s, including his early Top Ten singles, but also minor hits like "Grandma's Hands," "Kissing My Love," and "Lovely Day." Those who admire songs like "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" are advised to approach this best-of with caution; from the mid-'70s onward, Bill Withers forsook his folky singer/songwriter soul for more anonymous, slick MOR soul and urban contemporary. His early sound was far more distinctive, and his early-'70s Sussex albums are recommended alternatives to this compilation.

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Mr. Withers, you have a gift.

The business side of music hasn't always been kind to you (so I've read), and you've walked away from it. Understandably so. What I want to say is "thank you" - for putting up with users, with prejudice, with stupidity, and giving all of us something of yourself. Your music is heartfelt. It's a gift. And it is truly beautiful.


I love to listen to this when I'm bored or upset

Bill Withers tribute

Ed Sheeran performed a cover of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" on Stephen Colbert's Late Show. Hopefully it will bring his fans to appreciate not only this song but all of Bill Withers' repertoire!


Born: July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, WV

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Songwriter/singer/guitarist Bill Withers is best remembered for the classic "Lean on Me" and his other million-selling singles "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Use Me," but he has a sizable cache of great songs to his credit. Al Jarreau recorded an entire CD of Withers' songs on Tribute to Bill Withers (Culture Press 1998). His popular radio-aired LP track from Still Bill, "Who Is He? (And What Is He to You?)," was a 1974 R&B hit for Creative Source. Born July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, WV, Withers was the...
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