Bill Withers

Bill Withers

Soul music's unassuming everyman.

Founded

July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia

Full Name

Date of Birth

July 4, 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia

Still Alive

Date of Death

March 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California

Influenced By
Later Influenced
Bill Withers performing onstage.
Bill Withers performing onstage.

About The artist

"He’s the last African-American Everyman. Jordan’s vertical jump has to be higher than everyone. Michael Jackson has to defy gravity. On the other side of the coin, we’re often viewed as primitive animals. We rarely land in the middle. Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen."
Questlove

Did you know...

Bill spent nine years in the navy, and did not consider pursuing a music career until he saw Lou Rawls at a show in Oakland. It wasn't Rawls's smooth baritone that inspired him. It was when he overheard how much Lou was being paid for the gig that he was inspired to buy a guitar and develop his singing and songwriting skills.

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