Tag: Bill Withers

In Memoriam: Bill Withers (1938 – 2020)

William Harrison Withers Jr. (born July 4, 1938, died March 30, 2020) was an American former singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including “Lean on Me”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Use Me”, “Just the Two of Us”, “Lovely Day”, and “Grandma’s Hands”. Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Withers, the youngest of six children, was born in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He was born with a stutter and has said he had a hard time fitting in. Raised in nearby Beckley, he was 13 years old when his father died. Withers enlisted with the United States Navy at the age of 18 and served for nine years, during which time he overcame his stutter and became interested in singing and writing songs.

He left the Navy in 1965. Using the $250 he received from selling his furniture to IBM co-worker Ron Sierra, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1967 to start a musical career. Withers worked as an assembler for several different companies, including Douglas Aircraft Corporation, while recording demo tapes with his own money, shopping them around and performing in clubs at night. When he debuted with the song “Ain’t No Sunshine”, he refused to resign from his job because he believed the music business was a fickle industry.

Withers married actress Denise Nicholas in 1973, during her stint on the sitcom Room 222. The couple divorced in 1974. In 1976, Withers married Marcia Johnson, and they had two children, Todd and Kori. Marcia eventually assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills–based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they became adults.

Withers died from heart complications on March 30, 2020 his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

We will feature the music of Bill Withers today at 12pm ET

Wednesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the sounds of the seventies we feature music from:  Gordon Lightfoot, Abba, Jackson Browne, Elton John, Tin Tin, Bay City Rollers, Stampeders, Bill Withers, George Harrison, Doobie Brothers and more . . .

Wednesday 4pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70s we feature:  James Taylor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grass Roots, Elton John, Bill Withers, Steely Dan, Cliff Richard, Narvel Felts, Gary Glitter, David Bowie, Sylvia, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and more . . . 

Monday 6pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay NEW TIME

After a wonderful and historic Doo Wop Weekend in Hauppauge New York, it’s back to the business of playing music on the radio. “Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening with artists like: The Temptations, the Magnificent Men, Bill Withers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Gene Chandler & Barbara Acklin, Fred Parris & Black Satin, Gil Scott-Heron, the Vibrations, Mongo Santamaria, James Brown; live in concert and many other musical gems. As you can see, it will be quite a mixed bag. It will begin at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT. I hope you’ll be a part of the fun on “Great Soul Performances” this evening at the home of the “Greatest Hits Of The 60s, 70s & 80s” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

GspRadio2When we come your way this evening for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” from the fairgrounds of “The Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on the playlist will be: New Edition, Hall & Oates, Gloria Gaynor, AWB, Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers, the Gap Band, Kenny Loggins, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Elton John, the Whispers and others. The fun starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for your face, in the place for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s,” only on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

GSP-LOGOI’m still reeling over the passing of my life-long, childhood friend and brother, Ben E. King, but, the show must go on. On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, you’ll hear: Archie Bell, the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Aretha Franklin, the Delfonics, Phoebe Snow with Johnnie Johnson & (Yours Truly), Bill Withers, Eddie Holman, the Temptations, Valerie Simpson, the Dells, Marvin Gaye; “live in concert” and many others. Showtime is 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, following an encore of last Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. Next Saturday, I’ll be presenting; as a tribute to the late Ben E. King, a musical montage of his hits with the Drifters and as a solo artist. You’ll want to tune in for it. In the meantime and the in-between time, I’ll be looking to see you later for “Great Soul Performances” right here on RadioMaxMusic.com.