Bill Withers

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

4 July 1938, Slab Fork, West Virginia, USA. Having moved to California in 1967 after nine years in the US Navy, Withers began hawking his original songs around several west coast companies. He was eventually signed to Sussex Records in 1970, at the age of 32, and secured an immediate hit with his debut single, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. Produced by Booker T. Jones, with Stephen Stills amongst the guest musicians, this sparse but compulsive performance was a million-seller, a feat emulated in 1972 by two more excellent releases, ‘Lean On Me’ and ‘Use Me’.

Withers maintained a similarly high standard on his first three albums, but after the disappointing Live At Carnegie Hall the artist found that his record company were in financial trouble and via an auction he moved to Columbia Records, a decision that he would now seem to regret. Withers’ brand of gentle folk soul continued to serve him well on the singles...

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