Bill Withers - Did You Know?

Bill Withers - Did You Know?April 8, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American singer, songwriter and musician, Bill Withers.




Bill Withers (full name: William Harrison Withers Jr.) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. He performed and recorded during the years 1970 to 1985, and scored several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Use Me", "Lovely Day", Grandma's Hands", "Just the Two of Usand "Ain't No Sunshine".

The song "Ain't No Sunshine" was his first hit. After Withers spent 9 years in the US Navy, he had a job at a factory making parts for airplanes, when he was introduced to Booker T. Jones from Booker T. & The MG'S, who later produced this album for Withers, who was 32 years old when the album was recorded.

On its first release, the song "Ain't No Sunshine" failed to chart in the UK, but Michael Jackson's cover to the song, made it to #8 on the chart in 1972. The original version of Withers eventually made its first entry into the UK singles chart in May 2009 after being performed on Britain's Got Talent show.

During his music career, Bill Withers has won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for 9 awards total. In 2015, Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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