Legend of a soul singer Bill Withers died yesterday (April 3rd) at the age of 81 due to heart problems. The American singer-songwriter is famously known for his hits: Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me, Lovely Day, and Just the Two of Us.
Withers, the youngest of six children, was born in the little coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia on July 4, 1938. He was born with a stutter. Raised in nearby Beckley, he was 13 years old when his father died. Withers registered in the United States Navy at the age of 17, and served for nine years, during which time he became involved in singing and writing songs.
Withers worked as a professional musician for just 15 years, from 1970 to 1985, after which he moved on to other occupations. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for six more. He was initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. [source]
In memory of Mr. Withers, check out these 3 stunning live performances from 1972-73. Rest in peace.