Bill Withers

American singer-songwriter and musician

William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr. (July 4, 1938 – March 30, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985.[1] He recorded major hits including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands". He won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more during his career.

Bill Withers
Bill Withers tribute concert (2008-08-09) - Bill Withers 3164.jpg
Withers in 2008
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Harrison Withers, Jr.
Born(1938-07-04)July 4, 1938
Slab Fork, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 2020(2020-03-30) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresSoul, R&B, smooth soul, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1963 - 2020
Associated actsGrover Washington Jr.

He was born in Slab Fork, West Virginia. Withers died of heart disease in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020 at the age of 81.[2][3]


  1. Hale, Mike (January 26, 2010). "Still Bill (2009) A Singer Who Stopped His Showing Off". The New York Times.
  2. "Lean On Me singer Bill Withers dies at 81". BBC News. April 4, 2020. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020. The singer died on Monday in Los Angeles, the family told the Associated Press.
  3. "Bill Withers, 'Lean On Me,' 'Ain't No Sunshine' singer, dies at 81". WSOC-TV.

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