Celebrities are remembering the life and contributions of Bill Withers in the wake of his death. The musician died on Monday (March 30) due to heart complications at the age of 81.
“Bill Withers had the ability to be more than a soul man. With his guitar, he brought a fresh singer-songwriter look to soul music that hadn’t been seen before,” PJ Morton of Maroon 5 tells Billboard. “His stories connected with the world. His legacy will leave sunshine with us for years.”
“The day my kids were born and they were handed to me, I sang ‘Lovely Day’ to them,” Toni Braxton recalls to us. “That was our song. We used to sing it around the house when they were little. And when they hear it now, they always say our mom used to sing that to us. That’s one of my favorite songs. Bill will be missed.”
Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White tells us: “Bill will be greatly missed. He wrote some of the biggest songs ever — and that voice. He could just sit down with that guitar and sing.”
Singer-songwriter Charlie Wilson has the musician’s family in his thoughts. “I’m sending prayers to the Withers family. Bill was a friend, a great writer and a visionary. We loved each other’s voices and I wish we could have finally sat ‘knee to knee’ like you said and had worked on a song together,” he shares with Billboard. “RIP my friend; your music will continue to inspire us.”
“My condolences to Bill Withers’ family. His music continues to be a major influence for many artists, and I am grateful to have shared his masterpieces with my children,” singer Bobby Brown tells us. “Bill will forever be remembered and celebrated in our home
“Another legend gone!” Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men tells Billboard by email. “My childhood memories wouldn’t be the same without your music. You will be missed.”
Over the course of his career, Withers won three Grammy awards for best rhythm and blues song — “Ain’t No Sunshine” in 1971, “Just the Two of Us” in 1981 and “Lean on Me” in 1987 — before his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Check out more posts honoring Withers’ musical legacy below.
Songs that have been a part of our lives by Bill Withers—the 1970s R&B singer/songwriter who recorded the modern soul standards “Lean On Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” shall live on – Bill WHITHERS has died at the age of 81 – Thank you for your Inspiration Condolences to Family -RIP
— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) April 3, 2020
Rest In Peace, maestro Bill Withers.
What a legacy.https://t.co/GBImqLRdPh
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 3, 2020
The world lost a legend. Soul singer Bill Withers’ song Grandma’s Hands is one of my favorites and reminds me of my grandmother and so many other mother-figures in my life.
Let’s all continue to live by his cherished lyrics during these times and lean on each other.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 3, 2020
Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest. Grandma’s Hands, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time. My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 3, 2020
Bill Withers… you will be missed, but not forgotten.
I remember always singing “Ain’t no sunshine” “Use Me” and “Lean On Me” growing up with my family.
We will sing it forever in my house. ❤️ https://t.co/6aWOkIJrzA
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 3, 2020
Lovely Day by Bill Withers is one of those songs that makes it almost impossible to be in a bad mood. A great one to have in the rotation right now during these tough times. RIP to a legendary singer-songwriter! pic.twitter.com/2ZMi7etx2u
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) April 3, 2020
One day I will play this song again because it IS a lovely day. For now, Rest In Peace dear man. Your music cheered my heart and soothed my soul.
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) April 3, 2020
THANK YOU BILL WITHERS. Rest peacefully. We love you. pic.twitter.com/Tt64t0VSSv
— AFROPUNK (@afropunk) April 3, 2020