Who is Bill Withers?
William Harrison Withers Jr. is an American vocalist lyricist and artist who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded a few noteworthy hits, including “Incline toward Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Simply the Two of Us”, “Dazzling Day”, and “Grandmother’s Hands”.
Withers won three Grammy Awards and was assigned for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 narrative film Still Bill. He was accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Detailed Bill Withers Biography
During mid-1970, Withers’ exhibit tape was tried out positively by Clarence Avant, proprietor of Sussex Records. Avant marked Withers to a record bargain and relegated previous Stax Records stalwart, Booker T. Jones, to create Withers’ first collection. Four three-hour recording sessions were gotten ready for the collection, however subsidizing made the collection be recorded in three sessions with a six-month break between the second and last sessions.
Similarly, as I Am was discharged in 1971 with the tracks, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandmother’s Hands” as singles. The collection highlights Stephen Stills playing lead guitar. On the front of the collection, Withers is envisioned at his position at Weber Aircraft in Burbank, California, holding his lunch box.
The collection was a triumph, and Withers started visiting with a band gathered from individuals from the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: drummer James Gadson, guitarist Benorce Blackmon, keyboardist Ray Jackson, and bassist Melvin Dunlap.
At the fourteenth yearly Grammy Awards, on Tuesday, March 14, 1972, Withers won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for “Ain’t No Sunshine”. The track had officially sold more than one million duplicates and was granted a gold circle by the RIAA in September 1971.
During a rest from visiting, Withers recorded his subsequent collection, Still Bill. The single, “Incline toward Me” went to number one the seven day stretch of July 8, 1972. It was Withers’ subsequent gold single with affirmed deals more than three million. His development, “Use Me” discharged in August 1972, turned into his third million-dealer, with the R.I.A.A. gold circle grant occurring on October 12, 1972.
His exhibition at Carnegie Hall on October 6, 1972, was recorded and discharged as the live collection Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall on November 30, 1972. In 1974, Withers recorded the collection +’Justments. Because of a lawful question with the Sussex organization, Withers was not able to record for quite a while from thereon.
During this time, he composed and created two tunes on the Gladys Knight and the Pips record I Feel a Song, and in October 1974 performed in shows together with James Brown, Etta James, and B.B. Lord in Zaire a month before the memorable Rumble in the Jungle battle among Foreman and Ali.
Film of his presentation was incorporated into the 1996 narrative film When We Were Kings, and he is heard on the going with a soundtrack. Another film of his presentation is incorporated into the 2008 narrative film Soul Power, which depends on the authentic film of the 1974 Zaire show
After Sussex Records collapsed, Withers marked with Columbia Records in 1975. His first collection discharge with the mark, Making Music, Making Friends, incorporated the single “She’s Lonely”, which was highlighted in the film Looking for Mr. Goodbar. During the following three years, he discharged a collection every year with Naked and Warm (1976), Menagerie (1977, containing the fruitful “Exquisite Day”), “Session Love” (1978) and “Jump on Down”; the last melody additionally included on the Looking for Mr. Goodbar soundtrack.
In 1976, Withers performed “Ain’t No Sunshine” on Saturday Night Live. Because of issues with Columbia and is not able to get melodies affirmed for his collection, he focused on joint ventures from 1977 to 1985, including “Only the Two of Us”, with jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., which was discharged during June 1980.
It won a Grammy on February 24, 1982. Withers next did “Soul Shadows” with the Crusaders, and “In the Name of Love” with Ralph MacDonald, the last being designated for a Grammy for vocal execution.
In 1982, Withers was an included vocalist on the collection, “Dreams in Stone” by French artist Michel Berger. This record included one creation co-composed and sung by Withers, a playful disco tune about New York City entitled “Crusty fruit-filled treat.” The collection was not discharged in North America, in spite of the fact that it contains a few melodies about America.
In 1985 came Watching You Watching Me, which included the Top 40-appraised R&B single “Gracious Yeah”, and finished Withers’ business relationship with Columbia Records. Withers expressed in meetings that a great deal of the melodies endorsed for the collection, specifically, two of the initial three singles discharged, were similar tunes which were dismissed in 1982, subsequently contributing essentially to the eight-year rest between collections.
Withers additionally expressed it was baffling seeing his record name discharge a collection for Mr. T, an on-screen character when they were counteracting him, a genuine vocalist, from discharging his own. He visited with Jennifer Holliday in 1985 to advance what might be his last studio collection.
His despise for Columbia’s A&R administrators or “specialists”, as he named them, attempting to apply command over how he should sound on the off chance that he needed to sell more collections, had an impact in his creation the choice to not record or re-sign to a record name after 1985, adequately finishing his performing vocation, despite the fact that remixes of his recently recorded music were discharged after his ‘retirement’.
Discovering melodic achievement sometime down the road than most, at 32, he has said he was associated as a ‘normal person’ who had an actual existence before the music, so he didn’t feel an innate need to continue recording once he dropped out of affection with the business. He has likewise expressed that he doesn’t miss visiting and performing live and does not lament abandoning music. He apparently never again experiences the discourse obstruction of faltering that influenced him during his account vocation.
In 1988, another adaptation of “Dazzling Day” from the 1977 Menagerie collection, entitled “Stunning Day (Sunshine Mix)” and remixed by Ben Liebrand, achieved the Top 10 in the United Kingdom, prompting Withers’ exhibition on the long-running Top of the Pops that year. The first discharge had come to #7 in the UK in mid-1978, and the re-discharge moved higher to #4.
In 1987, he got his ninth Grammy Award selection and on March 2, 1988, his third Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Song as a lyricist for the re-recording of “Incline toward Me” by Club Nouveau on their introduction collection Life, Love and Pain, discharged in 1986 on Warner Bros. Records.
In 1996, a bit of his tune “Grandmother’s Hands” was examined in the melody “No Diggity” by BLACKstreet, including Dr. Dre. The single went to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 diagram and sold 1.6 million duplicates and won a Grammy in 1998 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Withers contributed two melodies to Jimmy Buffett’s 2004 discharge License to Chill. Following the reissues of Still Bill on January 28, 2003, and Just As I Am on March 8, 2005, there was the hypothesis of already unreleased material being issued as another collection. In 2006, Sony offered back to Withers his already unreleased tapes.
In 2007, “Incline toward Me” was accepted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. On January 26, 2014, at the 56th yearly Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums Collection, a nine-plate set including Withers’ eight studio collections, just as his live collection Live at Carnegie Hall, got the “Best Historical” Grammy Award (in a tie with The Rolling Stones’ “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965.”) The honor was displayed to Leo Sacks, who created the accumulation, and the acing specialists Mark Wilder, Joseph M. Palmaccio and Tom Ruff.
On April 18, 2015, he was enlisted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Stevie Wonder. Withers was dazed when he learned he had been drafted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I consider it to be an honor of whittling down,” he says. “What a couple of tunes I composed during my short profession, there ain’t a type that someone didn’t record them in. I’m not a virtuoso, however, I had the option to compose tunes that individuals could relate to. I don’t figure I’ve done seriously for a person from Slab Fork, West Virginia.”
On October 1, 2015, there was a tribute show at Carnegie Hall in his respect, including Aloe Blacc, Ed Sheeran, Dr. John, Michael McDonald and Anthony Hamilton reproducing his 1973 show collection, Live at Carnegie Hall, alongside different Withers material. Withers was in participation and talked quickly in front of an audience. On February 12, 2017, he showed up on MSNBC to discuss the exile emergency, just as the political atmosphere in America
What is Bill Withers Age?
Wither was born on July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, the U.S.A He died on 03/04/2020 from covid-19 complications.
Who’re Bill Withers Family Members?
He was born to William Harrison Withers Sr. and Mattie Rose Withers.
Who’re Bill Withers Children?
He has two children, Todd and Kori.
Who’s Bill Withers Wife?
Withers married actress Denise Nicholas in 1973, during her stint on the sitcom Room 222. A year prior to their marriage, Nicholas reported to the authorities that Withers physically assaulted her after she threatened to end their relationship, but she refused to press charges.
The couple divorced in 1974. In 1976, Withers married Marcia Johnson and had two children. she eventually assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills-based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they became adults
What is Bill Withers Net Worth 2020?
Wither has ann estimated net worth of $25 million.
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Bill Withers Awards
-1971 Grammy Award-winning Best Rhythm & Blues Song “Ain’t No Sunshine”
-1972 Nominated Grammy Award for Best New Artist
-1981 Win Best Rhythm & Blues Song “Just the Two of Us” (Shared with songwriters Ralph MacDonald and William Salter)
-1982 Nominated Grammy Award for Song of the Year “Just the Two of Us”
-1982 Nominated Grammy Award for Record of the Year “Just the Two of Us”
-1984 Nominated Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance “In the Name of Love (feat. Ralph MacDonald)”
-1987 Win Best Rhythm & Blues Song “Lean on Me” (as covered by Club Nouveau)
-1972 NAACP Image Awards Win Male Singer of the Year
Bill Withers Honors
-2002: Honorary doctorate from Mountain State University
-2005: Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee
-2006: ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage award
-2007: Inducted into West Virginia Music Hall of Fame
-2015: Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Bill Withers Discography
-1971 Just as I Am
-1972 Still Bill 4
-1975 Making Music
-1976 Naked & Warm
-1978 ‘Bout Love
-1985 Watching You Watching Me
-1975 The Best of Bill Withers
-1980 The Best of Bill Withers
-1981 Bill Withers’ Greatest Hits
-1994 Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers
-2000 The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me
-The Ultimate Bill Withers Collection (2CD)
-2005 Lovely Day: The Very Best of Bill Withers
-2008 Ain’t No Sunshine: The Best of Bill Withers
-2009 Playlist: The Very Best of Bill Withers
-2013 The Essential Bill Withers
-1967 “Three Night and A Morning”
-“What I’ll Do”
-“Moanin’ and Groanin'”
-“Ain’t No Sunshine”
-1972 “Lean On Me”
-“Better Off Dead”
-“Let Me In Your Life”
-“Let Us Love”
-“The Gift Of Giving”
-1973 “Kissing My Love”
-b/w “I Don’t Know”
-“Friend Of Mine”
-“Lonely Town, Lonely Street”
-1974 “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh”
-“Make A Smile For Me”
-1975 “It’s All Over Now”
-“Doing It My Way”
-“Who Is He (And What Is He To You)”
-“Make Love To Your Mind”
-“I Love You Dawn”
-1976 “I Wish You Well”
-“Hello Like Before”
-“If I Didn’t Mean You Well”
-1977 “Close To Me”
-b/w “I’ll Be With You”
-“It Ain’t Because Of Me Baby”
-1978 “Lovely Night For Dancing”
-“I Want To Spend The Night”
-1979 “Don’t It Make It Better”
-“You Got The Stuff”
-1981 “Just the Two of Us” (with Grover Washington Jr.)
-“Make Me A Memory”
-“I Want To Spend The Night”
-“Memories Are That Way” (from ‘Bout Love)
-“Paint Your Pretty Picture” (from Making Music)
-1984 “In The Name Of Love” (with Ralph MacDonald)
-1985 “Oh Yeah!”
-“Just Like The First Time”
-“Something That Turns You On”
-“You Try To Find A Love”
-“We Could Be Sweet Lovers”
-“You Just Can’t Smile It Away”
-1987 “Lovely Day” (re-release)
-“Oh Yeah” (from Watching You Watching Me)
-1988 “Lovely Day” (Sunshine mix)
-“Lovely Day” (Original version from Menagerie)
-“Ain’t No Sunshine” (The Total Eclipse mix)
-“Ain’t No Sunshine” (Original version from Just As I Am)
-1990 “Harlem” (Street mix)
-“Harlem” (Original version from Just As I Am)
-1982 “Apple Pie”
-2011 “Use Me” (live November 4, 1972) A The original version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” did not chart on the UK Singles Chart until 2009, 38 years after its release.