Bill Withers biography



Bill Withers wrote some of the most covered songs of all time!

Bill Withers was an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 60s until the mid-80s.

Since his debut in 1971, Withers has collected three Grammy Awards, and one NAACP Award for Male Singer Of The Year.

Some of Bill Withers’ best-known songs include Ain’t No Sunshine, Use Me, Lovely Day, Lean On Me, Grandma’s Hands, and Just The Two Of Us.

Many famous artists have covered Bill’s hits. Perhaps even more importantly, it would be hard to find a wedding/events band that hasn’t performed his songs regularly or at least at some point. Why? Everybody loves Bill!


Ain’t No Sunshine was Bill Withers first B-side and hit

Ain’t No Sunshine started its commercial life as the B-side of Harlem, Bill Withers’ first single in 1971.

Bill was fortunate to have one of the best producers around at hand in Booker T. Jones.
Jones had been around for a while and knew the secret to good recordings was having a great band.

His house band for record label Stax, Booker T. & The M.G.’s was pretty much used, apart from having Stephen Stills on guitar, rather than Steve Cropper.

Bill’s debut album, Just As I Am, was recorded over just four three-hour sessions, no doubt, this was down to the experience of the producer and his kick as band!

It didn’t take long for radio DJs to start playing the B-side of Harlem and the following year, Ain’t No Sunshine won a Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Song.

As the years went by, artists kept releasing their version of Ain’t No Sunshine. First up was Michael Jackson who released it in 1972, enabling the song to chart two years in a row. In 1991 Paul McCartney released his version and two years later Eva Cassidy did the same.

Ain’t No Sunshine has over the years firmly established itself as one of the most memorable songs of all time. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at #280 on their list of Greatest Songs Of All Time.


Ain’t No Sunshine – Chords

Bill Withers first hit has been covered by so many artists that it has become a modern classic.

This is the only song played finger-picked and is taught as the final song when you take the beginner guitar course.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine chords.


Ain’t No Sunshine – Lyrics

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
it’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
she always gone too long anytime she goes away.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine lyrics.