Friday, 05 June, 2020

'Lean On Me' singer Bill Withers passes away from heart complications

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Adrian Cunningham | 06 April, 2020, 05:56

In 1971, Withers began writing and recording soul, R&B, and blues songs that became big hits, including "Ain't No Sunshine", and "Lean On Me".

With heavy hearts, actor Arjun Kapoor paid his last respect to the legendary singer Bill Withers, who died a few days ago. The "Ain't No Sunshine" singer passed away on Monday in Los Angeles, according to his family.

They described him in a statement as a "solitary man with a heart-driven to connect to the world".

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father". As a private life, when he lived close to an intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. "In this hard time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones".

A coal miner's son from West Virginia, Bill Withers had dreams that were bigger than his hometown of Slab Fork.

Born William Harrison Withers Jr in 1938, the singer-songwriter faced a hard childhood. He was 81 years old.

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After spending nine years in the US Navy.

Condolences from fellow musicians are being sent to Withers' family.

After a turbulent time at Sussex Records, Withers signed with Columbia Records and continued to have successes, including the optimistic ode to positivity, attractive day.

Known for his smooth baritone vocals and sumptuous soul arrangements, he wrote some of the 70s best-remembered songs, including Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day and Use Me. His songs have been included throughout a number of main openings.

Withers was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, among his several honors, and made a rare public appearance to accept the tribute.

He is survived by his wife Marcia and their two children, Kori and Todd. He shall be greatly missed; may he rest in peace.