Singer/songwriter Bill Withers poses for a portrait in circa 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Soul singer Bill Withers, who defined the sound of the 70s and 80s with hits like “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day” and “Just the Two of Us,” has died on March 30. He was 81. His family states that he suffered from heart complications. 

Bill Withers’ uplifting songs proved to be soothing, especially in the distressing times we’re facing these days because of the coronavirus. The classic “Lean on Me” was covered many times, for example on balconies and from home, to spread positive vibes. The songs “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day” featured in the Stay at Home and Jam Channel for precisely that reason. 

Songwriter, singer and guitarist Bill Withers was one of a kind. He will be missed. 

“Lean on Me” from balconies

“Lean on Me” by Tenille Townes with Abby Anderson, Kassi Ashton, Keelan Donovan, Alex Hall, Adam Hambrick and Caylee Hammack.

 

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