Bill Withers, the acclaimed 1970s American soul singer behind hits ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Lean On Me’ has died from heart complications.
The singer died on Monday in Los Angeles and was aged 81, the family told the Associated Press. They described him in a statement as a “solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world”.
Known for his smooth baritone vocals and sumptuous soul arrangements, he wrote some of the 70s best-remembered songs, including Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day and Use Me. Although he stopped recording in 1985, his songs remained a major influence on R&B and hip-hop.
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