Bill Withers

Booker T. Celebrates 60 Years at 3rd Annual Jazz at Naz Festival

Booker T. Jones will be celebrating 60 years of Green Onions and the Hammond B-3 organ at Jazz Club at The Soraya in Northridge on Feb. 2-3, at 8 p.m. As part of the Third Annual Jazz at Naz Festival, both evenings will feature a collaborative musical performance pairing of the legendary organist with up-and-coming keyboard extraordinaire Matthew Whitaker. One of the architects of The Memphis Sound, to which the 1960s and 1970s soul/funk movement is undeniably indebted, Jones, with his breakout album on the Stax Records label in 1962, helped to change the history of music. Three-time ASCAP Foundation

Willie Brown, Jr., Is Not Dead

On the June 28 broadcast of the 2020 BET Awards, the network included Brown’s image and name in a video montage of famous African Americans who have died within the last year. The tribute included Diahann Carroll, Bill Withers, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Pernell Whitaker and others.  

Rep. Waters Statement on the Passing of Bill Withers

“I am among the millions of fans around the world who are mourning the loss of a musical genius and rhythm and blues legend: the incomparable Bill Withers. Bill Withers’ music is a part of the soundtrack of our lives. He chronicled the joy of deep and enduring love when he sang ‘Just the Two of Us,’ and voiced the pain of profound heartache when he sang ‘Ain’t No Sunshine.’ He lifted our spirits when he declared that today would be a ‘Lovely Day,’ and inspired strength and hope when he sang ‘Lean on Me.’

Legendary Composer and Performer Bill Withers has Passed Away

The Los Angeles Sentinel has confirmed the passing of legendary composer and performer Bill Withers has passed away from a heart condition. Los Angeles Sentinel Executive Publisher Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. spoke directly with Withers wife who confirmed he passed peacefully at his home in Sherman Oaks earlier on Monday March 30th at the age of 81. Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a number of songs is best known for the legendary song “Lean On Me, but also wrote and peformed such classics as “Lovely Day”, “Aint No Sunshine and Grandma’s hands. The three-time Grammy Award winners family released the