It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share that one of music’s most influential artists, Bill Withers, has passed away at the age of 81 years old. The genius behind timeless classics like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day,” “Lean On Me,” and “Use Me” passed away on Monday, March 30 as a result of heart complications according to the Associated Press.
Having been dealt a heavy hand early in life, the late great singer-songwriter took up music in his 20’s. After catching the ear of prominent black music executive, Clarence Avant, Withers signed a record deal and went on to record seven studio albums.
Having produced several staples in American music culture, Withers was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. His talent was undeniable and his music will forever carry on his timeless legacy. Bill Withers, you will be dearly missed. Please join us in remembering the enduring talent and influence of Bill Withers by enjoying two of his legendary songs, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day” below.