Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bill Withers: BBC Concert (1973)

Bill Withers (born July 4, 1938; Slab Fork, West Virginia) in concert, in 1973, a half an hour concert of simple heartfelt (yet profoundly intimate) songs, when music was music and it was considered normal for musicians to lay bare their emotions. This takes a certain humility on the part of the musician, as it does to know when to pack it in—as Withers did 30 years ago. In this seven song set, you will recognize two perennial favorites: “Ain’t no Sunshine” (1971) and “Lean on Me” (1972). Both songs are ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (2004).

00:00 Ain’t no Sunshine
03:18 Lonely Town, Lonely Street
09:14 Grandma’s Hands
11:47 Use Me
16:06 Let Me In Your Life
20:20 Lean On Me
24:43 Harlem

You can read an excellent bio on Bill Withers by Andy Greene of Rolling Stone [here.]

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