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

Starting its life as a B-side in 1971 to his first single Harlem, it didn’t take DJs long to flip it over and start playing Ain’t No Sunshine instead and the following year, Ain’t No Sunshine won a Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Song.

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 a great recording was having a great band.

His house band for record label Stax, Booker T. & The M.G.’s was used when recording Ain’t No Sunshine, 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-ass band!

Since Bill’s original version hit the airwaves, many other singers have covered the song, so much so it has become a modern standard that you as a musician are expected to know.

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

Am7 Em G5 | Am7 | Am7 Em G5 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, it’s not warm when she’s away.
Am7 | Em7 | Dm7 | Am7 Em G5 | Am7 |
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, she always gone too long anytime she goes away.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine chords.


Ain’t No Sunshine – Lyrics + Live performance

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.