BILL WITHERS - LONDON 1973 [R.I.P. 1938 - 2020]

April 5, 2020 – 6:20 pm

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BILL WITHERS [R.I.P. 1938 - 2020]

Bill Withers, a onetime Navy aircraft mechanic who, after teaching himself to play the guitar, wrote some of the most memorable and often-covered songs of the 1970s, including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Use Me,” passed away on March 30, 2020 in Los Angeles. He was 81. His death, at a hospital, was announced by his family. His son, Todd, said Withers had had heart problems.

Withers, who had an evocative, gritty R&B voice that could embody loss or hope, was in his 30s when he released his first album, “Just as I Am,” in 1971. It included “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a mournful lament (“Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone/And she’s always gone too long/Anytime she goes away”) that cracked the Billboard Top 10. Other hits followed, perhaps none better known than “Lean on Me,” an anthem of friendship and support that hit No. 1 in 1972 and has been repurposed countless times by a variety of artists. But after the 1985 album “Watching You Watching Me,” frustrated with the music business, Withers stopped recording and performing. -

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London 1973 [no label, 1CD]

BBC In Concert. Live in London; 1973. Very good audio (ripped from TV broadcast/DVD).

Thanks to joefish who compiled and authored the DVD; and to Simmdale for sharing the DVD at The Traders’ Den.

Simmdale noted:

This one is part of the acclaimed BBC ‘In Concert’ series from the early 1970s. A lot of the popular big name musicians of the time did one of these programs through the years. Done on a closed studio set with a audience, these were always very well staged and intimate productions that really showed the artist’s personality and well as his/her craft. This is a wonderful Bill Withers performance done in 1973 where he does several songs in this show that have now become absolute “Classics”. If you are even a casual fan of Bill Withers, this one is really not to be missed.

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Track 01. Ain’t No Sunshine 3:19
Track 02. Lonely Town, Lonely Street 5:56
Track 03. Grandma’s Hands 2:26
Track 04. Use Me 4:21
Track 05. Let Me In Your Life 4:19
Track 06. Lean On Me 4:26
Track 07. Harlem 4:37
30 mins

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  1. 35 Responses to “BILL WITHERS - LONDON 1973 [R.I.P. 1938 - 2020]”

  2. Rumor has it Bill had a Big Un

    By U L E on Apr 5, 2020

  3. Of course

    By U L E on Apr 5, 2020

  4. There have been more recordings discovered by legendary taper Mike ( the mic ) Millard . Some are being posted on guitars 101. The Who , Fleetwood Mac , Queen , Linda Ronstadt and many more . Hopefully some will appear here .

    By George on Apr 5, 2020

  5. Thank you. Be sure to listen to this. Talking to you Big-O.

    By Bob on Apr 5, 2020

  6. i’m not a big fan of mr. withers but i do appreciate his talent. thank you Big O for all the wonderful music you have shared with us for the last decade!

    By Billy on Apr 5, 2020

  7. I notice that the fakes are all gone. Thanks BigO!

    By Derrick on Apr 5, 2020

  8. Bill Withers recorded little the last 35 years of his life but the few hits he had made a huge impact. He was part of a small group of African-American artists at the time (Terry Callier, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack) who became part of the singer-songwriter movement. He increased the amount of joy in this world. No wonder why health professionals are singing “Lovely Day” and “Lean On Me” as they are fighting the good fight against the Wuhan virus.

    By Tony Pizza on Apr 5, 2020

  9. I’d stretch that list by adding Eugene McDaniels, Gil-Scott Heron, and Minnie Riperton. Terry Callier is an interesting choice; he was on a jazz label (Verve?) but his first record is more of a folk album. I would love to hear a live Terry Callier recording. Are there any?

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Apr 6, 2020

  10. Wish I had sucked Bill’s bone or at least licked his ballsack and taint.

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  11. One less nigger in the world haha
    Fuck off

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  12. This (still) is a Music site. Listening to music is marvelous for those of us who can’t get enough. However, there are people who have issues - with Blacks, Jews and other minorities. Those folks have a Serious Problem. It’s called “Inability To Think.” Symptoms include: Bias, Predispose, Indoctrinate, and Exaggerate. They don’t like words like “Community”, “Justice”, “Civility”, and “Impartiality”. It IS strongly urged that they seek medical attention.
    Heaven Research: “Pointing their plastic finger at me
    They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die
    But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high
    Wave on, wave on”

    By harmon on Apr 6, 2020

  13. Fuck off Harmon you are definitely jewish

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  14. None of them comments is mine

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  15. I ain’t commented once here cept now , not even the last one where he says he ain’t commented

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  16. I do agree with the phony pretending to be me though who’s says Harmon the hard on is a mother fuckin Dic suckin , coon and high yeller lovin’ Jew bastard

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  17. Bill Withers is an old school coon who dated and married black bitches like hisself, no white whores or hi yeller kids for him so he’s ok in my book

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  18. It’s these modern rap hippady hop tattooed motherfuckin modern coons I got a problem with . Theys the one who’s fuckin the white bitches makin them ugly hi yeller niglets as Anti calls them

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  19. I like lots of coon music Jimmy Hendrix , The Motown shit from the 60s ,supremes, four tops , temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gay , Stevie Wonder . Don’t think they was fuckin white bitches back then. Old school coons didn’t approve of that shit no more than whites did

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  20. The men in the white sheets would have taken care of that shit in a heartbeat. A hot tar and feather bath followed by a rope to a high tree limb

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  21. The white bitches who fucked the coons woulda been horse whipped then run out of town on a rail in disgrace

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  22. Folks like Harmon the hard on needs to get what Joe Pesci got in casino

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  23. Hey Anti , you doin ok pal ? Don’t let them name hijackers keep you down

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  24. Last comment were not mine

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  25. It was me you jew bastard

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  26. You Americans , what a braindead bunch of fuckwits you all are . Reading your inbred drivel it’s no wonder that you elected Trump , Reagan , Bush etc . It’s not surprising that you spew such bollocks you Yankee tosspots are desperate to find someone to look down on you’re such a bunch of sub-morons . You would have been better off remaining as one of our colonies you might have reached the heights of somewhere like Ghana instead of sinking into your swamp of idiocy .

    By BASIL on Apr 6, 2020

  27. One less nigger bone for me to suck. Sob.

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  28. Last comment not mine

    By Derrick on Apr 6, 2020

  29. Than so much!

    By leesa on Apr 7, 2020

  30. Weird that this site attracts so many Children on their Recess Break… oh wait… most of them are at Home now… odd.

    Oh well. Some of them type really well, especially for having to wear those sexy tight white jackets where the sleeves fold in the front…

    By leesa on Apr 7, 2020

  31. @BASIL

    I’m an American… didn’t vote for President Lardass… but there are lots buffoons who did. But this Ignorant Buffoonery is certainly not limited to the U.S.. I have friends in England and Elsewhere that hate their Trump-Like Buffoons.

    I fear for our Species…

    By leesa on Apr 7, 2020

  32. Bill was brilliant, Thanks for this

    By Edward on Apr 8, 2020

  33. Man, haters seem to be looking for non-political sites to spew hatred now - did they get kicked off the political chat groups? Best response to them is NO RESPONSE - they want to stir the pot and be the center of attention. Deny them that and they mysteriously seem to disappear!

    By The Iceman on Apr 8, 2020

  34. The Iceman Cometh. Now why dont you fuckin Goeth

    By Mark on Apr 8, 2020

  35. Seven songs, and at least 5 of them are classics that any songwriter would’ve been proud of. Simple, memorable, touching, and universal. What a gift he had.

    By teamster on Apr 12, 2020

  36. Thank you very much for Bill Withers!!!!!

    By Frank on Apr 12, 2020

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