Bill Withers (born July 4, 1938) was a famous veteran songwriter, musician, and singer from the United States of America. You might not know much about him if you are born after the ’90s but you elders definitely know about him. The fantastic singer has a lot of prestigious awards in his name which includes 3 Grammy Awards.
He is known for his famous songs like “Lean on Me”, “Let Us Love” and others. During his golden days, he released a lot of studio albums and most of them are hits. Mostly he worked for two labels named Sussex and Columbia.
On the 30th of March 2020, sad news came that unfortunately bill Withers died and left this world. The cause of his death is said to be some sort of cardiovascular disease. Withers has spent a lovely life of 81 years and he will always remain in the hearts of his fans.
Childhood, Parents, Siblings & Education
In the town named Beckley, he spent the major portion of his childhood. Bill has seen a lot of ups and downs in his life as he was merely 13 years old when his father William Harrison Withers Sr. left this world. His mother Mattie Rose Withers solely brought him up. Originally Bill Withers belongs to Slab Fork, West Virginia where he took birth in 1938 on 4th July.
When he was 17 years old, he decided that he wants to join the US Navy where he served for a period of 9 years or we can say till the age of 26. We do not know much about his college studies as he joined the navy at 17 but we did know that he did his schooling in Beckley from a local high school.
Now let’s talk about his golden music career. When he was in the navy, where he was no source of entertainment so he developed towards singing and song-writing. At 26 years of age, he decided to pursue his singing career.
In the year 1970, Bill Withers got signed by the owner of the Sussex records after seeing his talent but the deficiency of funds caused a delay in the release of the album as in 1971 his first album named “Just as I Am” got released.
The album became a huge success and for a song named “Ain’t No Sunshine” from this album, he won a Grammy award. His second wife also owns a publishing company. If we add all of his possessions his net worth amounts to $25 million.
His career kicks started and after that, he releases many other albums also, some of them are “Still Bill”, “+’Justments”, “Making Music”, “Naked & Warm”, “Menagerie”, “Bout Love” and others. There are many of his singles that are still memorable like “Three Night and a Morning”, “Harlem”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lean on Me”, “Use Me”, Heartbreak Road”, and others.
Some Lesser Known Facts about Bill Withers
|Real Full Birth Name||William Harrison Withers Jr.
|Stage Name||Bill Withers.
|Profession||Singer, Musician and Song-writer.|
|Age (As of 2019)||81 years old.|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||July 4, 1938.|
|Death||March 30, 2020.
|Birthplace/Hometown||Slab Fork, West Virginia, U.S.
|Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian)||Straight.|
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Birth Sign)||Aries.|
|House Location||Los Angeles.|
|Height (Tall)||Meters: 1.8 m.
Feet & Inches: 5'11".
Centimeters: 180.4 cm.
|Weight||Pounds: 143.3 lbs.
Kilograms: 65 Kg.
|Shoe Size (UK)||10.|
|Parents||Father: William Harrison Withers Sr.
Mother: Mattie Rose Withers.
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Wife||1. Denise Nicholas (1973-1974).
2. Marcia Johnson (1976-present).
|Highest Qualification||High school.|
|School||Local high school.|
|Albums||1. Just as I Am (1971).
2. Still Bill (1972).
3. +'Justments (1974).
4. Making Music (1975).
5. Naked & Warm (1976).
6. Menagerie (1977).
7. 'Bout Love (1978).
8. Watching You Watching Me (1985).
|Singles||1. Three Night and a Morning
b/w "What I'll Do" (1967).
2. Harlem (1967).
3. Ain't No Sunshine (1971).
4. Grandma's Hands (1971).
5. Lean on Me (1972).
6. Use Me (1972)
7. Let Us Love (1972).
8. Kissing My Love (1973).
9. Friend of Mine (1973).
10. The Same Love That Made Me Laugh (1974)
11. You (1974).
12. Heartbreak Road (1974).
13. It's All Over Now (1975)
14. Harlem (1975).
15. Make Love to Your Mind (1975).
16. I Wish You Well (1975).
17. Hello Like Before (1976).
18. If I Didn't Mean You Well (1976).
19. Close to Me (1977).
20. Lovely Day (1977).
21. Lovely Night for Dancing (1978).
22. Don't It Make It Better (1979).
23. You Got the Stuff-- Part 1 (1979).
24. In the Name of Love (1984).
25. Oh Yeah (1985).
26. Something That Turns You On (1985).
|Net worth (As in 2020)||$25 million.|
Personal life, Spouse & children
In his life, he got married twice first Bill Withers got married to Denise Nicholas (Hollywood actress) in the year 1973. Both of them were lovers and were in a relationship before marriage but their marriage sustained only for 1 year and ended in the year 1974 when they got divorced.
After Denise Bill Withers met another woman named Marcia Johnson and they both decided to get married and they did so in the year 1976. The couple has celebrated a long married life of 43 years. Marcia is a businesswoman and now the business affairs are handled by their kids Kori and Todd.
Body Size, Height & Weight
Many people remember him as a rock n roll guy with round hairs style. In his youth years, he used to a very energetic guy who was full of aspirations in life. He was nowhere less in terms of Physical measurements because Bill Withers was 5 feet 11 inches tall in height. His weight is around 65 kg heavy because of the growing age.
Even at the age of 81, he never failed to dress well and whenever he had to appear in events he carried a charming style with his suits. In his early years, he was famous for carrying different styles of beard.
- There are rumors that domestic violence was the cause of his divorce with Denise Nicholas.
- Bill Withers won Grammy just after the release of his first album which brought him in the limelight.
- There is a documentary based on his life named “Still bill”.
- You can visit his website named “billwithers.com”.
- The singer never took any sort of professional training.
- Before getting his first record contract he spent around $2500 just on demos and his hourly wage was only $3.5 at that time.
- In 2015 his name got inducted on RRHOF.
- Even after the completion of his album, he continued to do his normal job as he was unsure about his music career.