Author Topic: Bill Withers.  (Read 992 times)

Bill Withers.
« on: May 18, 2019, 01:37:43 am »
Last time I looked, Ain't No Sunshine had about 15 million hits on youtube, now it's got 258,741,580. I've always liked Bill, so I searched for my favourite, which has 1,179 views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys1cbwWKw8w

Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2019, 06:39:16 pm »
There's a live version of Use Me somewhere out there on YouTube with the world's coolest man on drums...

ETA: it's got a even funkier groove with the slowed-down tempo.  Here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3hBYTkI-sE
Check out the drummer's grin at 0:13!  ;D 8)

Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2019, 06:21:13 am »
Good videos.
Bill withers had slipped to the back of my memory.
Never knowingly under caffeinated

Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 08:55:54 am »
...who thankfully, is still, with us.
It is what it is. It's not what it's not, so it must be what it is.

Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2020, 03:41:18 pm »
 RIP
 :-*

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Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2020, 03:44:07 pm »
Well that had passed us by. We know not whither he has gone but his music shall not wither.

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Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2020, 03:55:45 pm »
Can I just say:

It's a lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
And Darkness and Decay and the Coronavirus held illimitable dominion over all.

Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2020, 04:03:05 pm »
I think Bill is still alive and people are fooled by his wiki entry, which starts with "was a....".  That's because he just left the business when he wanted to.  Hope so, anyway.   That is a very popular clip, because of the drummer, but even Bill can't really carry off wearing a tangerine roll-neck - nobody could.  His music is really durable, though: I had my car broken into in Southampton in the late 70s/early 80s and they threw Bill's album (including Use Me) on the ground under the car.  I didn't know this until I reversed over it.  Still plays perfectly.  Very special artist!


Edit  Damn, I was wrong, sorry.  RIP Bill and thanks for the music.

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Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2020, 06:37:19 pm »
A great loss indeed. But 81 isn't a bad age to go.  And is there anyone else in recent decades who's written a song (Ain't no Sunshine) that's been covered by artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson and Sting, to name just three?
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Re: Bill Withers.
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2020, 08:15:17 pm »
Paul's Yesterday and John's Imagine were written not so long before Ain't No Sunshine. A bit earlier we had Over The rainbow, Cry Me A River and Summertime. All five and Ain't No Sunshine (and also Lovely Day) seem to have been covered by umpteen artists from then until now.