Bill Withers was a soulful singer that was best known for his 1970s hits “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died at age 81 from heart complications, his family said.
In the 1970’s Withers produced nine albums, most of them were written and recorded during those years, he started with “Just As I Am,” it included “Ain’t No Sunshine,” it won him the first of three Grammy Awards.
His musical career was not doing well in the 1980s as he left the spotlight for a more private life after a while.
He was a solitary man and his heart was driven to connect to the world, with his music and poetry, and he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other.
Even though he was a private man, living close to intimate family and friends, his music belongs to the world forever.
In 2015 Withers was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and got several honours, but he only made a rare public appearance to accept a tribute.
His death caused many persons to deliver a flood of tributes, which included one from Democratic U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who said he would often play Withers’ song “Lovely Day” at events during his now-ended presidential campaign.
“He gave us lifetimes of light and that flame will never be extinguished.” “In this time of death and pain, I hold onto him,” Booker said.