Bill Withers

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One of the most covered artists 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 album in 1971 (Just As I Am), Bill Withers has collected three Grammy Awards, and one NAACP Award for Male Singer Of The Year.

The first successful single from the debut was actually one of his most famous tunes, Ain’t No Sunshine, but the album also contained Grandma’s Hands and Harlem, two tunes that have become Bill Withers classics with time (Grandma’s Hand’s is what was sampled to create No Diggity by Blackstreet).

Speaking of samples/covers, the debut also contained Let It Be (The Beatles) and one of my personal all time favourites, Everybody’s Talkin’ by Fred Neil.

The follow up, released the next year had four classic Bill Withers compositions in Who Is He (And What Is He To You), Use Me, Lean On Me, and When I’m Kissing My Love.

After two such remarkable albums, Bill released the less successful + ‘Justments (1974), Making Music (1975), and the strangely entitled Naked & Warm (1976). No significant tunes were found on any of these albums.

1977, Bill release Menagerie and is back with another classic tune in the unforgettable Lovely Day.

This would be Bill Withers last big hit under his own name, only one more legendary tune would be released, a collaboration with Grover Washington in 1981, Just The Two Of Us. This marked the end of Bill Withers classic songwriting career.

Over a ten year period, Bill Withers had released some of the most memorable tunes the world ever heard which keep being played on the radio, by DJs in parties/clubs, sampled by new artists, and of course, covered by working bands every single weekend the world over.

His tunes have been covered by an enormous amount of artists, including Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, Shirley Bassey, John Legend, Eva Cassidy, Al Jarreau, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Jill Scott, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, and many, many more!

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Ain’t No Sunshine

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.

Just The Two Of Us

| Dbmaj7 C7 | Fm7 Ebm7 Ab7 |
I see the crystal raindrops fall and the beauty of it all,
| Dbmaj7 C7 | Fm7 |
is when the sun comes shining through.

Go to Just The Two Of Us chords.

Lean On Me

C Dm Em F | F Em Dm C | C Dm Em | Em Dm |
Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow.
C Dm Em F | F Em Dm C | C Dm Em G | G C |
But if we are wise, we know that there’s, always tomorrow.

Go to Lean On Me chords.

Lovely Day

Emaj7 | C#m7 |
When I wake up in the morning, love,
Amaj9 | Amaj9 Cmaj7 Bm7 |
and the sunlight hurts my eyes.

Go to Lovely Day chords.

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