Bill Withers (born July 4; 1938 in Slab Fork; West Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter who performed and recorded from the late 1960s until the mid 1980s. Some of his best-known songs are -Ain-t No Sunshine;- -Use Me;- -Lovely Day;- -Lean on Me-; -Grandma-s Hands- and -Just the Two of Us-.After retiring; Withers focused on parenting with his wife Marcia; who handles the day-to-day running of his publishing company. In 1987; he received his ninth Grammy nomination and third Grammy as a songwriter for the re-recording of Lean On Me by Club Nouveau. "Lean on Me" is a hit song written and performed by Bill Withers on the 1972 album Still Bill. It is ranked number 205 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Bill Withers' original version of the song has become a popular inspirational anthem and was his first (and only) Billboard Hot 100 number one single to date. Numerous cover versions have been recorded, and it is one of only nine songs to have hit #1 with versions recorded by two different artists.
Withers' hardscrabble childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia was the inspiration for "Lean on Me", which he.