Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Lean On Me

Bill Withers isn't one of those musical artists that you probably know by name. But dammit, he should be. First of all, he has some downright fantastic songs. Let's start with one of his best known ones.
Lean on Me.

Listen to that voice, man. Just beautiful, even live. Plus he dresses like a downright pimp.

It's hard pulling off the all brown ensemble.

And he can sing the sad songs with the best of them.
Ain't No Sunshine.

And I used to love when we'd see the Blue Olives at Bad Brad's bar in Janesville, because they'd almost always do a swell cover of Use Me. Just close your eyes and you're back in the land of Starsky and Hutch.

So there you have it, next time you find yourself humming "Lean on Me" think of Bill Withers, the man that brought you such great songs.

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