Billboard #1 Hits: #276: “Lean On Me”- Bill Withers. July 8, 1972. #1 for 3 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers
- Record Company-Sussex
- Genre: Soul
- Written by Bill Withers
- Time: 4:17
- B-side: “Better Off Dead”
- Album- Still Bill
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #18 in UK Singles Chart.
Bill Withers first hit was a year earlier in 1971 “Ain’t No Sunshine” #3 from his outstanding debut album Just As I Am. On his equally impressive sophomore album Still Bill- came what would be his biggest hit “Lean On Me.” A great song written by Withers-and what a singing voice he had. An underrated performer. It was good to see him enjoy being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years before his passing this March. Rolling Stone ranked “Lean On Me” #208 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. A song I never get tired of- and one which has been covered many times- but never as good as the original. Withers was inspired to write this after moving to Los Angeles. Having grew up in the small community of Slab Fork, West Virginia- he was missing the strong community ethic of his old hometown.