JUST THE ONE OF US
Who are we going to lean on now, when we’re in trouble?
Singer Bill Withers proved that March 30th was not such a lovely day after all, by dying from heart failure aged 81. Withers, who recently bucked the trend by being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame whilst still alive, gained a number of tributes from across the board, including two former Presidents and several DDP competitors. Clearly they felt there “ain’t no sunshine” in this news. Rumours the Reaper sang Just The Two of Us as they left are unconfirmed.
Withers was a late bloomer in music. After a decade long stint in the Navy, his first break – Ain’t No Sunshine – was released while he was still working on an assembly line for Douglas Aircraft. Sussex Records fell for his amateur made demos, and Booker T Jones helped produce a debut album, Just as I Am, which went on to sell over a million copies and win a Grammy. Withers later became fed up with the bureaucracy of the music business and quit entirely. In 2018 he stated he didn’t miss touring or music.
He was picked by two teams in this years pool.
4 July 1938 – 30 March 2020