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Watch REM's Michael Stipe, Brian Eno, and Stephen Colbert perform "Lean On Me"

In 2011, musician and artist Brian Eno appeared on The Colbert Report for an interview. If that wasn't enough, REM's Michael Stipe showed up to join Eno and Colbert in a rousing rendition of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me." And here's the Eno interview.
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Holiday Headsup: Richard Pryor and a Plethora of Soul

Get ready to experience greatness with THE ULTIMATE RICHARD PRYOR COLLECTION: UNCENSORED. Featuring all of Pryor’s most memorable stand-up and television performances together in one collection for the very first time, the 13-disc collector’s set ($99.95srp) contains more than 26 incredible hours of comedy. The groundbreaking stand-up, the mesmerizing TV appearances, the NBC show that was too hot for TV, and so much more. Capturing the full scope of Pryor’s groundbreaking, rule-bashing car...
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Lady Dan – “Just The Two Of Us” (Bill Withers Cover)

Lady Dan, the project of Austin-based musician Tyler Dozier, released their debut album I Am The Prophet earlier this year. Today, Dozier is back with a cover of Bill Withers’ “Just The Two Of Us.” It’s a plodding and ominous take on the track, and it comes with a horror-inspired music video just in time for Halloween. Dozier, who directed the video herself, explains:
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Bedouine – “It Wasn’t Me”

Bedouine loves covers. In the past couple years, LA-based singer-songwriter Azniv Korkejian has recorded tunes by Margo Guryan, Ron Sexsmith, Big Star, and Bill Withers plus the folk traditional “All My Trials.” And now she has put her own spin on Shaggy’s immortal 2001 chart-topper “It Wasn’t Me.”
Tags: Music, La, New Music, Bill Withers, Bedouine, Azniv Korkejian, Allyson Yarrow Pierce, Margo Guryan Ron Sexsmith

Peter Gabriel Re-Records “Biko,” His Anti-Apartheid Protest Song, with Musicians Around the World

Wisdom, humour, compassion, understanding, brilliancy of intellect, unselfishness, modesty, courage—he had all these attributes… The government quite clearly never understood the extent to which Steve Biko was a man of peace. He was militant in standing up for his principles, yes, but his abiding goal was a peaceful reconciliation of all South Africans. —Donald Woods When South African police murdered Steve Biko in detention on August 18, 1977, they thought they were ridding themselves o...
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Learn the Stories Behind Iconic Songs: The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” REM’s “Losing My Religion,” Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” & More

There was a time when pop lyrics did not exactly spark curiosity, doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang. They may have tapped into some universal teenage feelings, but rarely inspired further thought along the lines of “Hmm, I wonder what—or who—inspired that.” Dutch station NPO Radio 2’s interview series Top 2000 a gogo lifts the veil. Each entry reveals the origin story of a well known song. The late Bill Withers, above, intimated that every woman he’d even been involved with thought "Ain’t N...
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Second Good Music… Comp Features 77 Previously Unreleased Tracks From Pearl Jam, David Byrne, Jenny Lewis, & More

Earlier this month, a bunch of artists came together to release a limited-time-only benefit compilation called Good Music To Avert The Collapse Of American Democracy that was up on Bandcamp for only 24 hours before it was removed. This Friday (10/2) is Bandcamp's next Bandcamp Friday, when the service waives their revenue share, … More »
Tags: Music, News, Pink Floyd, The War On Drugs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Mark Ronson, Little Dragon, Arcade Fire, Killer Mike, Whitney, Nina Simone, Jenny Lewis, Fleet Foxes, Joe Cocker

Notes from a Pandemic: Stream the Avalanches; watch Chance the Rapper, Maggie Rose & Friends, Declan McKenna, Lotus, Blitzen Trapper and more

ONLINE FINDS ■ Melbourne-based electronic sonic innovators the Avalanches have released a third single, “Take Care In Your Dreaming (feat. Denzel Curry, Tricky and Sampa the Great)” from their upcoming full length “We Will Always Love You,” out December 11 via Astralwerks. Also check out the elated “Running Red Lights (feat. Rivers Cuomo and Pink Siifu)” released in mid-March, dedicated to David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains) who died last year.  TODAY’S STREAMS ■ All day:...
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The power of touch: I held my father's hand as he faded away. It was the purest exchange of love

Through months of illness, I held his sturdy, consistent and loving hands, knowing he would muster the strength until he truly could no longerWelcome to the Guardian’s Power of Touch seriesAt some point in the 1970s, the late, great Bill Withers did a live recording of his song Grandma’s Hands. In the recording, he speaks plainly to the audience, folksy and casual, and introduces the song by saying he was raised by “just a nice old lady who used some very nice old gnarled hands to make life kind...
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Iconic musician Booker T. Jones launches online directory of black-owned businesses

Booker T. Jones has been a major force in American culture for nearly six decades. In the early 1960s, the organist and bandleader formed Booker T. & the M.G.s, one of the first prominent racially integrated groups. He wrote classic tunes like “Green Onions” and “Born Under a Bad Sign.” He played on countless Stax soul hits like “(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay” and “Knock On Wood,” and performed with and produced artists ranging from Bill Withers to Stephen Stills to Rod Stewart. He also wr...
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The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” Played By Musicians Around the World (with Cameos by David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett & Bill Kreutzmann)

Poet and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter penned some of the band’s best-known songs. Even if you’re only casually familiar with the Dead’s vast catalogue and even vaster labyrinth of live recordings, you can probably sing along to classics like “Casey Jones” or “Box of Rain.” Both came about during the most prolific phase of Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s collaboration on the country-folk masterpieces Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, released one after the other in 1970. Among thes...
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We are, of course, living through a moment in which both the threat and presence of death feels suffocating. I’ve always been wary of Soul Sides turning into one long death roll of musicians and artists that I admire because it would feel unrelenting but I also don’t want to ignore all these giants that we seemingly are losing on a daily basis. In the end, we can mourn their passing but also celebrate what will survive them for years to come: the music that made them memorable to begin with. Th...
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Watch Canadian Artists Sing “Lean On Me” For COVID-19 Relief

We have a new entry in the nascent genre of "remotely-recorded quarantine-era all-star TV-special singalongs." Last night, a whole lot of Canadian celebrities participated in Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble, a Canadian TV special dedicated to raising money for Food Banks Canada. It culminated in a grand group-sung version of "Lean On Me," the … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Rush, Bryan Adams, Sarah Mclachlan, Michael Buble, Geddy Lee, Bill Withers, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Food Banks Canada

Musicians Around the World Play “Lean on Me,” the Uplifting Song by Bill Withers (RIP)

A few weeks back (but what seems like a different world now) we told you about the Playing for Change project, which features covers of well loved pop songs played by a group of international musicians...the gimmick being that each musician is recorded in their own country and only come together in the mix. Suddenly, it seems that Playing for Change was ahead of the curve, because this is the way the entire world is living right now. People are making art in quarantine, joining together ...
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4-6-20 Dublab Set

This past Monday, I had a two hour set on Dublab. It opened with a short Bill Withers tribute before moving into some “feel good grooves.” In the second hour, I turned things over to my 15 year old, EMW, who programmed and sequenced a set based around stuff she’s been listening to during lockdown. It’s a family affair.
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Remembering American Songwriting Legend John Prine (RIP): “A True Folk Singer in the Best Folk Tradition”

“A friend called our new world ‘a ghost ship,’” wrote Nick Cave in a recent installment of his Red Hand Files blog. “She has recently lost someone dear to her and recognizes acutely the premonitory feeling of a world about to be shattered.” The experience has become distressingly common. We have all begun to lose people dear, if not near, to us—artists taken by the disease before their time like Bill Withers, whose “Lean on Me” is now more poignant than ever. Whatever else we’re faced wi...
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'Live at Carnegie Hall' Captures Bill Withers at His Grittiest and Most Introspective

Of all the album's tracks, "Grandma's Hands"Grandma's Hands", famously covered by the Staple Singers and sampled in Blackstreet's '90s hit, "No Diggity", best exemplifies what this album is about: warmth, maturity, humor, laid-back and funky grooves, pathos, sensitivity, audience rapport, and an improved arrangement over Withers's studio version. After a hilarious extended introduction. Withers further slows down "Grandma's Hands" and adds understated strings to what has proven one of Withers'...
Tags: Music, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Review, Funk, Greg Kot, Bill Withers, Withers, Blackstreet, Smooth soul, Carnegie Hall Captures, Harlem Cold Baloney

Watch Jim James Cover Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” On Colbert

A few months ago, My Morning Jacket leader Jim James put out a new record: The Order Of Nature, a full-length collaboration with Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra. But right now, James does not seem too concerned about promoting his own music. Instead, James has been out on the internet, doing what … More »
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Sheryl Crow – “Lonely Town, Lonely Street” (Bill Withers Cover)

Sheryl Crow has paid tribute to Bill Withers -- the soul legend who passed away last week at 81 -- by releasing a cover of "Lonely Town, Lonely Street," which appeared on his 1972 album Still Bill. "I love Bill Withers. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the … More »
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10 Great Bill Withers Samples

It's one of the great disappearing acts in popular-music history. In 1985, Bill Withers, one of the greatest soul singers and songwriters of all time, got sick of the pressures and power struggles and demands of the pop-star career. He walked away from the music business completely, releasing no new music and playing no further … More »
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The Go-Gos’ Kathy Valentine shares her wild life in ‘All I Ever Wanted’

For Kathy Valentine, the fairy tale began on Christmas 1980. Restless that night, the 21-year-old guitarist headed down from the home in the Hollywood Hills, where she’d been staying with a friend since moving to Los Angeles from Austin, to catch a gig by rising L.A. punk act X at the Whisky A Go Go. There, a chance encounter in the bathroom with Go-Go‘s guitarist Charlotte Caffey led to an offer to fill in on bass with the then-unsigned band for a run of eight shows over four nights at the West...
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Keeping Bill Withers Alive

The three-time Grammy Award winning artist has died. In this moment of isolation, I wanted to see him alive again. And I did.
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Playlist: The Bill Withers’ Essentials

With a career spanning over four decades, the Mail & Guardian recalls how the late Bill Withers' music infiltrated our collective psyche. The post Playlist: The Bill Withers’ Essentials appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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10 Overlooked Gems From Soul Legend Bill Withers

When I saw the news this morning that Bill Withers had passed away, the first thing I did -- besides the new perverse ritual of finding out whether a recently deceased person had contracted COVID-19, to make some pointless calculation of exactly how upset I was and why -- was tell my wife. More »
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Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ Dies at 81

A three-time Grammy Award winner, he had a string of much-covered hits in the 1970s but had not released an album since 1985.
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Soul legend Bill Withers, singer of "Lean on Me" and "Lovely Day," RIP

The great soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers has died of heart complications. The three-time Grammy winner was 81. Withers is best known for his hits “Lean on Me,” "Lovely Day," “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Just the Two of Us" but he has penned and sung dozens of masterpieces. In 1985, after a miserable album recording and release experience, Withers walked away from the music industry. From Rolling Stone: As the decades ticked by, many fans forgot that Withers was even alive, which he fo...
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"Bill Withers, the legendary soul singer behind 1970s hits like 'Lean on Me,' 'Lovely Day' and 'Ain’t No Sunshine,' died on Monday in Los Angeles.… He was 81."

"The soulful singer and three-time Grammy winner died from heart complications."Quotes from the NYT obituary and well-chosen YouTube embeds at my son John's blog.This is not another celebrity coronavirus case. There are other ways to die, we may forget.John also has quotes from a Roger Ebert review of a documentary about Withers. An excerpt from John's excerpt:Perhaps in an attempt to slip some "meaning" into the film, the documentarians Damani Baker and Alex Vlack arrange a conversation with th...
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Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Lovely Day,’ Dies at 81

A three-time Grammy Award winner also known for his 1970s hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Use Me,” Mr. Withers last released an album in 1985.
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“Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” Singer-Songwriter Bill Withers Dead at 81

Bill Withers, the iconic singer-songwriter who wrote and sang a string of soulful hits in the 1970’s, has died from heart complications at the age of 81. Withers passed away Monday (Mar. 30) in Los Angeles, but his Friday announced the sad news Friday morning, saying in a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected the...
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