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Bill Withers Explore the life and times of Bill Withers. Click on his photo to get to the stories and music.
Explore the life and times of Hazel Dickens. Click on her photo to get to the stories and music. Hazel Dickens
Billy Edd Wheeler Explore the life and times of Billy Edd Wheeler. Click on his photo to get to the stories and music.
Special Bonus: Billy Edd’s early years in a coal camp provide a wonderful way to teach coal camp history through the eyes of a child. Click here for ideas about ways to use his stories.
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Bill Withers’ dad died when he was 12. He grew up in Raleigh County, West Virginia with a bad stutter. Nobody would have predicted he would grow up to be a famous singer and songwriter. Now he is a musical legend. Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, The Temptations, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Sting, Kenny Rogers – many of the most famous musicians of his time – recorded songs he wrote, and he has sold millions of his own records.

His songs have been nominated for nine Grammies. He has won three. People all around the world sing “Lean on Me” and his other songs.

Look at Bill Withers’ website. You can find short clips from all his songs there:
www.billwithersmusic.com
Read about Bill’s early life in West Virginia. Click here.
Listen to Bill Withers’ songs.
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone (lyrics)

To hear Sting’s version of Ain’t No Sunshine click here.

For a version by Eva Cassidy, click here.
Grandma’s Hands(lyrics)
To hear Grandma’s Hands click here.
Bill Withers doing a live version of Grandma’s Hands.
Lean on Me (lyrics)
To hear an American Idol group performance of Lean on Me click here.
To hear Rascal Flatts version of Lean on Me click here.
To hear Big Mama’s version of Lean on Me click here.
Lovely Day (lyrics)
To hear Lovely Day click here.
To hear the original version of Lovely Day click here.
For a Tupac/Notorious B.I.G. remix of Lovely Day click here.
To watch an interview with Bill Withers, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting click here.
Go and see the new documentary about Bill – “Still Bill” – released in spring 2010.

For lyrics to Bill Withers’ songs, click a title below: