Bill Withers

The 50 Best Albums of 1971

It's become a cliché, even for post-Baby Boomers, to look back wistfully on the early '70s as some kind of untouchable golden age for popular…
SPIN Staff / January 26, 2021

Geddy Lee, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and More Cover Bill Withers’ ‘Lean on Me’

Geddy Lee, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Bryan Adams and more wanted to bring some hope to their native Canada, so they joined forces for an…
Emily Tan / April 27, 2020

Jim James Pays Tribute to Bill Withers With ‘Lean on Me’ Cover

Despite being in quarantine for the better part of the last month, My Morning Jacket singer Jim James has managed to stay extremely busy. He's…
SPIN Staff / April 7, 2020

Portugal. The Man Honor Bill Withers With ‘Lovely Day’ Cover

Since news broke of his death on Friday, a wide range of artists, from Kacey Musgraves to Chance the Rapper, paid their respects to Bill Withers.
Katrina Nattress / April 4, 2020

Chance the Rapper, Living Colour, Lin-Manuel Miranda Pay Tribute to Bill Withers: ‘What a Legacy’

Bill Withers died on Monday (March 30) but the news of it didn't break until today (April 3). The "Lean on Me" singer…
SPIN Staff / April 3, 2020

Bill Withers, ‘Lean on Me’ Singer, Dies at 81

Bill Withers, the singer best known for the iconic "Lean on Me," has died at the age of 81. Withers' family confirmed the…
Daniel Kohn / April 3, 2020

Watch Ed Sheeran and Dave Chappelle Cover Radiohead and Stevie Wonder

Ed Sheeran joined forces with Dave Chappelle for a rousing jam session in Washington D.C. last week, covering Radiohead's "Creep" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition."
Arielle Gordon / September 26, 2017

Bill Withers Has Released His First New Song in Over 30 Years

Bill Withers is back, folks, in a strange and unexpected way. The legendary soul singer-songwriter effectively retired from the music industry in the mid-1980s. Yesterday, though,…
Winston Cook-Wilson / September 6, 2017

Bill Withers Is Suing Kendrick Lamar for Allegedly Ripping Off One of His Songs

In what's becoming an increasingly common occurrence, a popular musician is being sued for allegedly stealing another, older artist's song. This time, according to TMZ, Bill Withers is…
James Grebey / April 15, 2016

Watch James Blake’s Stately Cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Hope She’ll Be Happier’

James Blake has never been afraid to take on a classic. His laid-back, mealy-mouthed cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" is evidence of…
Colin Joyce / June 10, 2014