'Really the greatest': Bill Withers' death leaves music industry in mourning
MANILA, Philippines – Legendary singer-songwriter Bill Withers died on March 30, and as a testament to his influence on the music industry, many musicians have taken to social media to express their grief over his death and to remember his legacy.
"Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength," tweeted Grammy Award-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz. "My soul always has and always will be full of your music."
Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength. My soul always has & always will be full of your music. Your humility displayed & depth of your power as you carried us all to a better place. You're still & always will be Bill. pic.twitter.com/mkpcSBfuZv— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) April 3, 2020
"Rest in peace, maestro Bill Withers. What a legacy," said Hamilton composer and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, sharing a video of Withers performing his breakthrough hit "Ain't No Sunshine."
Rest In Peace, maestro Bill Withers.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 3, 2020
What a legacy.https://t.co/GBImqLRdPh
Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson described Withers as "a songwriter's songwriter," and named some of Withers' most famous songs.
"A real loss. Love and mercy to Bill's family," Brian said.
I’m very sad to hear about Bill Withers passing. Bill was a “songwriter’s songwriter” and wrote so many great songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean On Me.” A real loss. Love & Mercy to Bill’s family. – Brian pic.twitter.com/dUGAre6Bjt— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) April 3, 2020
Chance the Rapper described Withers as "really the greatest," and went on to list several of Withers' songs, saying they "are some of the best songs of all time."
Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest. Grandma’s Hands, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time. My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 3, 2020
Voice talent and Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams shared a link to Withers' song "Lovely Day," saying "One day I will play this ong again because it IS a lovely day. For now, Rest in Peace dear man."
"Your music cheered my heart and soothed my soul."
One day I will play this song again because it IS a lovely day. For now, Rest In Peace dear man. Your music cheered my heart and soothed my soul.— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) April 3, 2020
Posting on Instagram, Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson said "Although his music will live on, he will truly be missed!"
Six-time Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves simply tweeted "RIP Bill Withers," with a broken heart emoji.
RIP Bill Withers— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) April 3, 2020
"One of the greatest vocalists and songwriters ever. Love u Mr Withers," said producer Mark Ronson.
One of the greatest vocalists and songwriters ever. Love u Mr Withers https://t.co/wzbxsNCRHc— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) April 3, 2020
Withers left an indelible mark on the American music industry, pioneering the soul genre and releasing timeless hits that have echoed across generations.
Throughout his career, he won 3 Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. – Rappler.com