Bill withers had a short recording career–just 15 years–from 1970-85, yet in that window, his songs secured him a permanent place in the collective musical soundtrack of a generation.
Everybody knows “Ain’t No Sunshine,” ” Lean on Me (his biggest hit, which topped both the R&B and Pop charts in 1972) and “Just the Two of Us.”
Withers won three Grammys and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. As he himself said, “I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia.”
Withers was 81 when he passed away March 30, due to heart problems.