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Name: Bill Withers  
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Date of Birth: 4th July 1938
Place of Birth: Slab Fork, West Virginia, USA
Profession: Composer
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Bill Withers, the singer/songwriter, was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. His father died when Bill was thirteen.

He joined the US Navy at seventeen, and stayed there for nine years, before he moved to Los Angeles in 1967. His first success was with the company Sussex Records in 1971 with his debut hit single "Ain't No Sunshine", on the album Just As I Am.

His second album Still Bill also did well on the charts. It included the well-known single "Lean on Me". He has released albums from 1971 to 1985. Other popular songs he sings are "Use Me", "Lovely Day", and "Just the Two of Us".

His songs have been covered by many. Club Nouveau's 1986 cover of "Lean on Me", which is now often used in many churches, earned Withers his third Grammy as a songwriter. Grace Jones covered his song "Use Me," Me'Shell NdegeOcello sang "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?" on her 1996 album Peace Beyond Passion, and Will Smith samples his song "Just the Two of Us" in his 1997 song of the same name.

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