Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine

Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine

Few singers have possessed a baritone as rich and comforting as that of Bill Withers. Even smaller in number are the songwriters who have shared the West Virginian’s natural ability to articulate a comprehensive range of emotions and perspectives — jubilation and gratitude, jealousy, and spite — with maximal levels of conviction and concision. Late to arrive, the everyman R&B paragon had just turned 33 when “Ain’t No Sunshine,” the unfading ballad off Just as I Am (1971), made him a sudden and unlikely success story, within one year an aircraft mechanic-turned-million-selling, Grammy-winning artist. Through the next ten years, Withers continued to meld soul, gospel, folk, and funk with rare finesse. He collected more gold singles with “Lean on Me” and “Use Me,” both off the similarly successful Still Bill (1972), reached the same …

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