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    Bill Withers has passed!

    https://apnews.com/e19138ee60f29a319...33dca9a261cb8a

    RIP to one of my all time favorites! I hope he finds his “Grandma’s Hands” up there.
    Last edited by jboy88; 04-03-2020 at 05:52 PM.

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    Yeah,just heard about it,another legend gone-ain't no sunshine is a classic that will endure always,one of the greatest b-sides of alltime[let me in your life]is a bill withers classic...r.i.p.

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    great singer

    edafan

    2020

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    Great artist. Just look at the number of artists who sampled or covered his work. Other than James Brown i cannot really think of many others. Wonderful artist. May he r.i.p.

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    Had the pleasure of meeting and sitting with Bill and his wife at Ray Parkers Walk of Fame event... Very nice and humble guy...

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    He was absolutely one of the all-time greats. No one could interpret a song like Bill Withers. I have a lot of his work in my collection. I am very sorry to hear this. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans everywhere. Rest in peace Bil and thanks man.

    Marv

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    This is the song that got me ready for school many mornings during my last year of high school:


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    He was on some awards ceremony or maybe a PBS special, can't remember which, and I was impressed with his sense of humor and personality as well as always loving his music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    Great artist. Just look at the number of artists who sampled or covered his work. Other than James Brown i cannot really think of many others. Wonderful artist. May he r.i.p.
    I can think of a few off the top of my head:

    Lyn Collins
    Nancy Wilson
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Barbra Streisand
    Diana Ross
    Queen Latifah
    Michael Jackson

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    Fwd: Bill Withers has Passed!

    Quote Originally Posted by monicarivers View Post
    I can think of a few off the top of my head:

    Lyn Collins
    Nancy Wilson
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Barbra Streisand
    Diana Ross
    Queen Latifah
    Michael Jackson
    Also, the 5th Dimension.

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    You can add Aretha, Merry Clayton, Meshell NdegeOcello and Vanessa Williams to the list.

    Questlove has stated that Withers is the closest figure African-American music has to a Springsteen. This struck me as spot on. An extraordinary Everyman.
    Last edited by sansradio; 04-05-2020 at 01:26 PM. Reason: added "Aretha"

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    Amazing man with god given talent. Lean on me got me through some real rough times. Speedy journey to heaven Mr Withers your heavenly choirs waiting for you.

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    Bill is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee:


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    Bill Withers: As I Am (2005)


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    I was searching for a live performance I viewed on YouTube last year with Bill Withers and his lovely and talented daughter, Kori Withers. Couldn't find it. I did come across a jewel, in my search a May 2011 concert for Bill Withers celebrating 40 years of great music featuring his daughter, Kori singing capella. She certainly has her father's pipes:

    Bill Withers Tribute - Kori Withers


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    Here's more of the May 2011 concert for Bill Withers featuring various artists:

    Bill Withers Tribute - Lovely Day (featuring all artists)


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    Bill Withers - Lean On Me // Live At The Peppermint Club


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    All through the day, all through the night.....remembering the time:


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    He was a icon. May he RIP.

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    An interview with Bill back home in West Virginia:


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    Quote Originally Posted by monicarivers View Post
    I can think of a few off the top of my head:

    Lyn Collins
    Nancy Wilson
    Gladys Knight & The Pips
    Barbra Streisand
    Diana Ross
    Queen Latifah
    Michael Jackson
    I think you misunderstood my post. I was trying to say that his work had been covered and sampled by a vast amount of artists from many different genres. Perhaps more than just about any other artist with the possible exception of James Brown, but re-reading my post i perhaps did not word it as clearly as i should have done.

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    Agree with all of you. Question, though, is it true he gave up the fame & fortune to be a carpenter in the mountains? Heard that rumor years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeNY63 View Post
    Agree with all of you. Question, though, is it true he gave up the fame & fortune to be a carpenter in the mountains? Heard that rumor years ago.
    I don't know if that is true about being a carpenter in the mountains. He did step way back from the entertainment industry though.

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    Bill Withers still had his voice all the way up to the end. I wonder why he just stopped singing.

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    Cause of Bill Withers death revealed:

    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...144230263.html

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    A real shame. What a great artist Bill really was.

    I don't know if what I'm about to post is rubbish. I have no musical, or artistic, talent whatsoever. I can't play any instrument or read or write music, so what I say may be nonsense.

    When I listen to music, some of it sounds black, like it was created for a black audience. Some other songs sounds more like they were created for white audiences. To me, the vast majority of songs that have a black feel to them are by far the best.

    I feel a lot of Bill's earlier stuff on Sussex has a black feel to it, while his later stuff has more of a white feel. Even songs that Bill let other artists record, like Cold Baloney, and Justified, to me have a black feel.

    Bill's stuff on Sussex is absolutely superb. Even his live album had some amazing tracks, though I would have loved to hear a studio version of World Keeps Going Around.

    I hope what I've posted isn't controversial, I wouldn't want to upset anyone, it's just a feeling I get when I hear some songs, they either have a black feel, or they don't and the ones that don't tend not to be as good as the ones that do.

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