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Bill Withers Remembered by Chance, Talib Kweli, Kacey Musgraves, Brian Wilson, More


Bill Withers died earlier this week at the age of 81. The music world is now reacting to the loss of the legendary soul singer-songwriter. Chance the Rapper tweeted, “My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house.” And Talib Kweli wrote, “If you are unaware of just how important Bill Withers is to hip-hop, google ‘Who sampled Bill Withers.’ If you are unaware of how important Bill Withers is to music and to our culture, watch the Still Bill documentary. Keep your loved ones in your heart, always.” Find more remembrances below.

Bill Withers had a relatively short but immensely successful and influential career. He made his debut in 1971 with Just as I Am, the album featuring his hit single “Ain’t No Sunshine.” He released just seven more studio albums, closing out his recording career with the Columbia release Watching You Watching Me in 1985. Withers was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

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