Born and raised in a small coal mining town in West Virginia, William Harrison Withers, Jr arrived on July 4, 1938. At eighteen years of age he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for eight years. It was during this time that began to recognize his talent for singing and writing songs.
Bill’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” leaped to the top of the Hit Parade in 1971 with “Lean On Me” in 1972 giving him a Grammy. “Use Me” followed in 1972 with his “Just the Two Of Us” earning him another gold record award in 1981.
Having collected numerous Grammy awards he was also inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2010 Bill Withers was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.