Song of the Day #4,765: ‘Lean On Me’ – Bill Withers

Our final inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2015 class is the soulful singer-songwriter Bill Withers, who recorded a handful of enduring classics during a career that spanned just 15 years. Withers retired abruptly in 1985 over his frustrations with record executives trying to micromanage his career.

Withers released eight studio albums during that span. His three best-known songs — ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ ‘Lean on Me,’ and ‘Lovely Day’ — are the sort of soulful staples people list among their all-time favorites. He also wrote and recorded the yacht rock classic ‘Just the Two Of Us’ with Grover Washington, Jr. on sax.

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Song of the Day #4,318: ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ – Bill Withers

Legendary soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers didn’t die from coronavirus, but his passing on March 30, at 81 years old, happened right when the new pandemic reality was setting in. Would all the news be sad now?

Withers was responsible for such soul-balming classics as ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ ‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Just the Two of Us’ and ‘Lovely Day.’ He won multiple Grammys and was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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