Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Daily SAll-Star: Bill Withers
Bill Withers did not have a resoundingly unique rise to fame. His father died when he was 13, which sucks, but he died because he was really old. No Marvin Gaye-type bad father relationships. At age 17, Withers joined the United States Navy, for whom he assembled aircraft toilets. After nine years, Withers decided that assembling toilets was not the most adventurous lifelong endeavor, so he recorded "Ain't No Sunshine," gave it to some dude in a nightclub, and got signed to Sussex Records within days. Making it in the music business is easy.
Anyway, Withers became popular for seamlessly transitioning between thoughtful ballads ("Lean on Me") and ass-popping funkery ("Use Me"). Huzzah for you, Bill.
You know, Bill, you wouldn't sweat so damn much if you didn't wear gigantic sweaters under the studio lights.