Bill Withers Mourned By Music World

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Music stars paid tribute to Bill Withers today (April 3) as the news arrived that the singer-songwriter had died on March 30 of heart complications. The legend, best known for a series of hit singles in the ’70s – “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” and “Lovely Day,” among them, was 81.

Withers was praised for his songwriting, musicianship and voice. His family wrote, in part, “We will miss his sharp wit, playful sense of humor, and no-nonsense way of turning a phrase as no one else could.”

Here are a selection of other tributes.

Booker T. Jones produced and performed on Withers’ debut album, which included “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

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John Legend performed “Lean On Me” with Stevie Wonder, at Withers’ 2015 Rock Hall induction. Withers sang a portion of the song, the first time he had done so publicly in years.

Alicia Keys wrote, “What a poignant writer whose songs are more relevant than ever right now. May music always bring us together! Rest in paradise to the magnificent Bill Withers.”

Dana York Petty wrote, “Tommy and I would spend hours listening and reveling in his genius. Another legend gone. 💔 ”

Nile Rodgers: “One of the greatest of all time. Class, class and more class.”

Melissa Etheridge wrote, “Bill Withers was so influential not only to me but a whole generation of songwriters. May he Rest in Peace.”

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