Bill Withers Biography

Bill Withers songs have been covered by many singers

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Bill Withers

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

After his debut in 71, Bill Withers achieved three Grammy Awards and one NAACP Award for Male Singer Of The Year.

Some of his 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 artists have covered Bill Withers hits. In fact, it would be hard to find a soul singer who hasn’t sung songs by him!


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 71.

Bill Withers was fortunate to have one of the most legendary music directors and producers around, Booker T Jones.

Jones had been around for a while and knew the secrets to good recordings. He recorded Bill’s debut album, Just As I Am, over just four three-hour sessions!

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 go by, artists keep releasing their versions of Ain’t No Sunshine. First up was Michael Jackson who released Ain’t No Sunshine in 1972, enabling the song to chart two years in a row! In 1991 Paul McCartney (The Beatles) released his version and two years later Eva Cassidy did the same.

Ain’t No Sunshine has firmly established itself as one of the most memorable songs of all time. It has been sung by most of the great artists and most covers bands must have covered it at some point!

Rolling Stone magazine ranked Ain’t No Sunshine at #280 on their list of Greatest Songs Of All Time.


Guitar Lessons


Ain’t No Sunshine – Step 1 (Free Preview)

Today we start working on the last song of this course as we play Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.

This is a modern standard, expect it to come up in many jam sessions and gigs.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine step 1.


Ain’t No Sunshine – Step 2

Let’s play the complete song.

As this can be done using the same two patterns on a loop, it’s easy!

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine step 2.


Ain’t No Sunshine – Step 3

Today we continue to work on Ain’t No Sunshine.

In this final step, we look at some alternative parts you could use when playing the song with me and the singer.

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine step 3.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Ain't No Sunshine ChordsBill Withers first hit has been covered by so many artists it has become a modern standard.

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

Go to Ain’t No Sunshine chords and guitar lessons.


Lyrics

Ain't No SunshineAin’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.


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