An American singer songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 1960s until the mid 1980s.
Bill Withers was born the youngest of nine children in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. Raised in nearby Beckley, West Virginia.
He joined the United States Navy at seventeen and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing.
Following his discharge from the Navy in 1965, he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 to pursue a career in music.
When he debuted on the music scene with "Ain't No Sunshine" he refused to give up his job feeling he needed to keep a steady job.
In early 1970, Withers' demo tape was received favorably by Clarence Avant of Sussex Records.
Avant signed Withers to a record deal and assigned Booker T. Jones to produce Withers' debut album.
"Just As I Am" was released in 1971 with the tracks "Harlem" and "Ain't No Sunshine" as singles.
Withers recorded his second album, Still Bill. The single "Lean on Me" went to number one the week of July 8, 1972.
Withers signed with Columbia Records in 1975 with his first release "Making Music, Making Friends", which had the single She's Lonely and was featured in the movie Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
In 1987, he received his ninth Grammy nomination and third Grammy as a songwriter for the re-recording of Lean On Me by Club Nouveau.
Hit songs include.
1971: "Ain't No Sunshine"
1971: "Grandma's Hands"
1972: "Lean on Me"
1972: "Use Me"
1971: Just As I Am
1972: Still Bill
1973: Live at Carnegie Hall
1975: The Best of Bill Withers
1975: Making Music
1976: Naked & Warm
1979: Bout Love
1981: Bill Withers' Greatest Hits
1985: Watching You, Watching Me
1998: The Best of Bill Withers - lovely day
2005: Lovely Day
2007: Best of (2007)
Updated information may beobtained at the above web address.