Great question! I was honestly wondering the same thing just a few
days ago but I never got around to looking into it. I love Bill
Withers? music and I?m listening to the CD ?Lean on Me: The Best of
Bill Withers? as I write this.
You will be happy to know that Bill Withers is alive and well and
living in Los Angeles. He is still writing and singing. He runs
Mattie Music Group (MMG), a music publishing company in Los Angeles
and he wrote two songs for and performs on Jimmy Buffet?s upcoming CD
?License to Chill?. Bill Withers celebrated his 66th birthday
Saturday, July 4th.
Bill Withers? website can be found at:
Information about his publishing company can be found at:
About Mattie Music Group
?Mattie Music Group, an exclusive Los Angeles-based music publishing
company, publishes such favorites as ?Hello Like Before? and ?City of
the Angels? to the loved ?Lovely Day? and ?Just The Two Of Us.? The
core business of Mattie Music Group involves exploitation of
compositions, licensing of music, and administration of the songs of
?In 1997, Withers formed the corporation Mattie Music Group, as an
umbrella for the publishing companies. Mattie Music Group was named
for his late mother, Mattie Withers, as Withers? says, ??where the
music came from.?
Mattie Music Group
DBA Golden Withers Music
DBA Bleunig Music
P.O. Box 16698
Beverly Hills, CA 90209-1698
You can read about Jimmy Buffet?s ?License to Chill? at the following website:
License to Chill
?During the album's planning, Buffett's longtime friend Bill Withers
phoned, offered the heartache lament "Playin' the Loser Again" and
joined him on this duet. Then Buffett and Withers wrote the witty
"Simply Complicated" together.?
You can hear clips from ?License to Chill? at the following website:
?Withers' last charting LP was Watching You, Watching Me in spring
1985. He occasionally did dates with Grover Washington Jr. during the
April 16, 1999
?Bill Withers, a singer and songwriter, will receive an honorary
Doctor of Arts. He won Grammy Awards as a songwriter for "Ain't No
Sunshine" in 1971, for "Just the Two of Us" in 1981, and for the
re-recording of his 1972 hit "Lean on Me" by Club Nouveau in 1987.
Three of his recordings became Gold discs in 1972, 1977, and 1987. His
songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists--including Barbara
Streisand and Michael Jackson--spanning all types of genres, from hip
hop to classical. He is the parent of 1999 Middlebury graduate Todd
Wednesday, June 28, 2000
Bill Withers still in demand
?On top of that, he's just released his sixth (yes, sixth)
compilation, "The Best Of Bill Withers: Lean On Me", a generous
18-track sampling of his enduring output and, incidentally, the reason
he's on the line from his little-used office in his Los Angeles
Thanks for giving me a reason to look in to this. If you have any
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