Check out this great article on Bill Withers, from Rolling Stone.
“He’s the last African-American Everyman”
Bill got his first break at 32, and used to sing his own songs to himself over and over whilst working on air planes in the Navy in order to remember them in lieu of a pen and paper.
Such a humble, soulful cat – and despite watching The Big Bang Theory (I’ll forgive you, Bill!) he seems to still be on the level. Shows that great songs can outlast bad experiences in the music biz.
You should also check out the excellent documentary Still Bill – the Bill Withers Story that came out in 2008 on the BBC.
How do you give a duck Soul?
Stick it in the oven ’till its Bill Withers!