He was The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mids, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones. They have powerful melodies and perfect grooves melded with a smooth voice that conveys honesty and complex emotions without vocal acrobatics. He was a beautiful man with a stunning sense of humor and a gift for truth. Withers, who overcame a childhood stutter, was born the last of six children in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He joined the Navy at 17 and spent nine years in the service as an aircraft mechanic installing toilets. After his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles, worked at an aircraft parts factory, bought a guitar at a pawn shop and recorded demos of his tunes in hopes of landing a recording contract. Jones at the helm. He no longer had complete control over his music and chafed when it was suggested he do an Elvis cover.
It was released in April as the first single from his second album, Still Bill. It was a number one single on both the soul singles and the Billboard Hot ; the latter chart for three weeks in July Bill Withers' childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia ,  was the inspiration for "Lean on Me", which he wrote after he had moved to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown. He had lived in a decrepit house in the poor section of his town. Withers recalled to SongFacts the original inspiration for the song:. In the course of doing the music, that phrase crossed my mind, so then you go back and say, 'OK, I like the way that phrase, Lean On Me, sounds with this song.
Bill Withers Lyrics. Sometimes in our lives We all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, We know that there's always tomorrow. Lean on me when you're not strong And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on. Please swallow your pride If I have things you need to borrow For no one can fill those of your needs That you won't let show. You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on.
It does kick your butt!. I am actually tired of the "excuse" that his work is so important or it's a calling. They are just really convinced they are right. I don't remember much of the breakup because it's been overshadowed by what happened to her afterwards.