Celebrities Pay Tribute To "Lean On Me" Singer BILL WITHERS
Bill Withers, the soul music legend known for the songs "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me", has died at age 81.
"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father," the singer's family said in a statement.
There was an outpour of messages from fans and celebrities upon hearing the news of his death. Fellow musicians including Chance The Rapper, Justin Timberlake, Mark Ronson, Lenny Kravitz, and Russ expressed their grief online.
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
One of the greatest vocalists and songwriters ever. Love u Mr Withers https://t.co/wzbxsNCRHc— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) April 3, 2020
RIP Bill Withers 💔— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) April 3, 2020
Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, your songs, and your total expression gave us love, hope, and strength. My soul always has and always will be full of your music. pic.twitter.com/TLXtUisuQI— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) April 4, 2020
I’m very sad to hear about Bill Withers passing. Bill was a “songwriter’s songwriter” and wrote so many great songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me.” A real loss. Love & Mercy to Bill’s family. – Brian pic.twitter.com/dUGAre6Bjt— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) April 3, 2020
Like many, his songs have always spoken to me. The epitome of soul. May you forever rest in power, Bill Withers. pic.twitter.com/HAFGzzbJ8T— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) April 4, 2020
RIP Bill Withers— Kid Rock (@KidRock) April 3, 2020
One of my favorites of all time. His “Live at Carnegie Hall” record has been at the top of my list for decades. What an incredible talent and genuine soul. He will be missed by so many. -Kid Rockhttps://t.co/uYvEQS5ZhJ pic.twitter.com/qvPvwohEMM
RIP bill withers..legend— RUSS (@russdiemon) April 4, 2020
You will always be one of my biggest idols. You taught me so much about how to keep it simple and real. I felt such a kinship with you even before we met. Your words and melodies... the chords that accompanied them... they reached into my soul and spoke to me so deeply. That’s what your music did. It brought so many of us closer to you and to each other. And, to actually know you was truly something special. You shined a light that was so unique and warm. I looked up to you the same way I looked up to my Poppa... and he was my favorite human in the world. You have always been one of the greatest and will forever be. I will miss your jokes and I will never forget your advice to me about music... “How does it make you FEEL? That’s the only question you have to answer.”⠀ ⠀ Rip Mr. Withers. One of a kind.⠀ ⠀ Ps. Swipe over to get a glimpse of the jokester he was. A little backstory: he led a songwriters discussion with Max, Shellback and myself and took the time out to put together a story and made us all think it was from a real bio. Who does that?? Only Mr. Bill.
You will be missed, Bill Withers! To honor his legacy, the official YouTube channel of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame uploaded videos from his 2015 induction ceremony.