- Singer-songwriter Bill Withers recently passed away due to heart complications. Here are 6 Bill Withers quotes you should know.
Singer-songwriter Bill Withers has passed away from heart complications at the age of 81 in Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press. Withers was working at an aircraft assembly line in 1971 at the age of 33 when he created his first hit song “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which won Grammy and Billboard awards. Then Withers followed that up with hit songs like “Use Me” and “Lean On Me.”
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” said Wither’s family in a statement to the Associated Press. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”
Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, Virginia. At the age of 18, Withers enlisted in the Navy and was discharged about 9 years later. After relocating to LA, he started performing at local clubs while also working on assembly lines.
In 1970, a demo tape he recorded captured the interest of record executive Clarence Avant. Avant ended up signing Withers to his label Sussex Records.
In the early 1970s, Sussex Records shut down due to tax problems. And in 1975, Withers moved over to Columbia Records. Some of Withers’ other hit songs include “Lovely Day” and “Grandma’s Hands.”
A number of popular songs have sampled Bill Withers’ music, including Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” (Grandma’s Hands), Logic’s “Under Pressure” (Use Me), Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” (Use Me), Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride” (Kissing My Love), Kanye West’s “Roses” (Rosie), Will Smith’s “Just The Two Of Us” (Just The Two Of Us), Twista’s “Sunshine” (Lovely Day).
Here are 6 popular Bill Withers quotes you should know:
“Value the people who value you!”
“I write and sing about whatever I am able to understand and feel. I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.”
“Don’t cheat yourself out of music. Music is one thing. The music business is another thing. Save enough of yourself to keep living anyway. Save enough joy in your heart to enjoy it. Let your reward be in the doing of it.”
“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain. We all have sorrow, but if we are wise we know that there’s always tomorrow.
“I’m like pennies in your pocket. You know they’re there, but you don’t think about them.”
“Lean on me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.” (Lyrics from “Lean on Me”)
Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest. Grandma’s Hands, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time. My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 3, 2020
Mourning the loss of my friend and inspiration, Bill Withers. He was such an incredible songwriter and storyteller. I'm so glad he shared his gift with the world. Life wouldn't be the same without him.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 3, 2020
Ask any songwriter in the world and they will tell you Bill Withers was a genius whose life's work was a gift. Rest in peace. You are beloved.pic.twitter.com/3rbXxVs7jt
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 3, 2020
LEAN ON ME.
Soul Train Edition.
From the legendary Bill Withers.
Today we lost a humble giant.
I genuinely think he was single most underrated songwriter and singer of the 20th century.
I'll be playing his jams all day long.
What a loss. pic.twitter.com/NPqYOHUeWh
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 3, 2020