Sad news from the music world today as we found out that soul singer/songwriter Bill Withers, who wrote and performed '70s classics like "Lean On Me" and "Lovely Day", passed away on Monday at 81 due to heart complications.
He got into music after seeing beautiful women all over singer Lou Rawls at a show and he was off and running. He bought a guitar, learned how to play, and began to write. Writing and singing his own songs, Withers found huge success in the 1970s starting with "Ain't No Sunshine."
Soon after, "Lean On Me", "Use Me", "Lovely Day", and other hits peppered the charts with his soulful, comforting voice
Sick of dealing with the business side of the industry and with plenty of money, he effectively stopped making new music in the '80s but his legacy was already solidified by his timeless hits and impact on the culture. Nominated for seven Grammys, the smooth-voiced artist won four. Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Sympathies to his family and friends.
This is arguably his most well-known hit and it's more appropriate than ever these days. Stay safe, be kind, and stay the hell in.