Withers was the subject of 2009 documentary Still Bill and profiled by Rolling Stone in 2015. “What few songs I wrote during my brief career, there ain’t a genre that somebody didn’t record them in.
Farewell Bill Withers, your songs helped us all through good times and bad… revel in one of the greatest television performances ever… a man not afraid to bare his soul, and what a soul.
In that same Rolling Stone interview, Questlove sang the praises of his simple, timeless instrumentation: "Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.
Known for ’70s soul hits like "Ain’t No Sunshine," "Grandma’s Hands," "Use Me," "Lean on Me," "Lovely Day," and "Just the Two of Us," the singer-songwriter took a step back from his music career about 10 years after it started, but his best-known singles have remained, soundtracking commercials, parties and weddings seemingly everywhere.
Bill Withers, a musical legend of the soul genre, died at 81 years old.
Wonky album covers in crayon x Bill Withers x Rest in Peace Bill and thank you for the genius x pic. twitter. Mr.
Remembering Bill Withers, who passed away at the age of 81. https://t.co/rEWZa8EHOk— W Magazine (@wmag) April 3, 2020