Bill Withers, the celebrated singer who wrote songs such as “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications. He was 81.He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Harvey Mason, Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO, Recording Academy released the following statement:
The Recording Academy® is deeply saddened by the passing of legendary singer/songwriter Bill Withers. Throughout his remarkably impactful career, Bill earned three GRAMMY Awards® in the Best Rhythm & Blues Song category for his timeless classics “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just The Two Of Us,” and “Lean On Me.” Bill’s work has made a lasting impression on the music industry, with countless acclaimed artists performing renditions of his recordings, including Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand. His music will continue to influence the music community and be cherished by the world for years to come. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and all who were impacted by his incomparable work.”