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Q&A: Bill Withers on the immortality of “Lean On Me” and more

Bill Withers is revered in music circles as one of the most influential artists in soul and R&B. He is once again back in the spotlight thanks to a welcome DualDisc reissue of his remarkable 1971 debut, Just As I Am. While he is perhaps best known for penning the classic “Ain’t No Sunshine,” the chart-topping “Lean On Me” and the #2 smash hits “Use Me” and “Just The Two Of Us,” Withers is a songwriter’s songwriter, with hundreds of genre-spanning covers recorded by the likes of Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, and Black Eyed Peas. Withers was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2005.