Shine A Light: Bill Withers

Even if for some reason you don’t recognize the name of Bill Withers, possible from living under a music rock for most of your life, you will recognize the songs of Bill Withers as they are a part of the soundtrack of your life.

Withers didn’t have the kind of long hit filled career that only a few are fortunate enough to have but what he did have was a handful of songs that became a deep, rich part of the American musical fabric. “Ain’t No Sunshine” was the first one out of the box ! Followed by the small, select collection of classics, “Use Me”, “Lovely Day”, “Lean On Me”, and the amazing classic of 1980 with Grover Washington, “Just The Two Of Us”. How about that for a musical thread?

Withers, ever the gentleman and image of class, will always have a solid place in musical history. He sounded like no one else, wrote in his own style, and is a true artist. Pick up his music, you won’t be sorry !

This taken from Withers’ site shows just some of the artists that have covered Bill Withers’ tunes.

An encompassing roster of artists that includes Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Maroon 5, Linda Ronstadt, Paul McCartney, Sting, Joe Cocker, Johnny Mathis, Mick Jagger, Lee Ritenour, Al Jarreau, Morrisey, Nancy Wilson, Eva Cassidy and Diana Ross has covered Bill’s songs. Additionally, samples utilized by hit makers like Jay-Z, Akon, Kayne West, Tupac Shakur, Fatboy Slim, DMX and Swizz Beatz have powered innumerable hip-hop hits.