The death of Bill Withers prompted an outpouring of condolences on social media from musicians, actors, politicians and athletes, demonstrating the widespread reach of his music.
With songs such as “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and the eternally gorgeous “Lovely Day” embedded in music history and pop culture, Withers’ legacy is intact.
Here is what some had to say in tribute:
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
Mr. Lean On Me Bill Withers changed frequencies! We have Lost Another Great One! Our prayers go out to his family & friends! His songs should always be in the Time Capsule of Love & Unity! What a Brilliant Man!👏Thx u for ur Gifts. R.I.P. Bootsy baby!!!🤩 @TheWithersBill@CNNpic.twitter.com/4EeTpKD1ZE
Bill Withers was a master at expressing the need for human connection .. among his incredible repertoire, his song “Lean On Me” especially resonates now. We also know that he was a genuinely kind human soul, and we are grateful for his time on this planet ..
RIP Bill Withers One of my favorites of all time. His “Live at Carnegie Hall” record has been at the top of my list for decades. What an incredible talent and genuine soul. He will be missed by so many. -Kid Rockhttps://t.co/uYvEQS5ZhJpic.twitter.com/qvPvwohEMM
Mourning the loss of my friend and inspiration, Bill Withers. He was such an incredible songwriter and storyteller. I'm so glad he shared his gift with the world. Life wouldn't be the same without him.
Fly high Bill Withers- the greatest of all time. This world didn’t deserve you. 🙏🏾 side note- his drummer James Gadson is also a legend and I was lucky enough to have him play on my upcoming album. pic.twitter.com/DCC1CxASMI
Sad news today about the passing of #BillWithers. One of my first hits was a recording of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, a perfect song. I was very fortunate to meet him and he was so gracious. My thoughts are with his family today. RIP pic.twitter.com/wNDp0UGi0w
RIP Bill Withers! The day our daughter Kaavia James came into this world-“Lovely Day” was our song of choice for her entry into the world. Thank you Bill Withers for creating a song that will forever be apart of our lives ❤️ 🙏🏾
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
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
Melissa Ruggieri has covered music and entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene blog. She's kept vampire hours for more than two decades and remembers when MTV was awesome.