BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #134: ‘AIN’T NO SUNSHINE’- BILL WITHERS

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Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: #134: ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’- Bill Withers. July 17, 1971.

  • Single: ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’- Bill Withers
  • Record Company- Sussex
  • Genre: R&B
  • Written by Bill Withers
  • Time: 2:03
  • B-side: ‘Harlem’
  • Album-Just As I Am
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #3

I didn’t realize how short this single was – coming in at a shade over 2 minutes. Bill Withers repeats “I Know’ 26 times’. Withers was 31 years old at the time he wrote this song- working in a factory making bathrooms for 747’s. Backing Bill on this- MG’s- Donald’ Duck’ Dunn and Al Jackson Jr, produced by Booker T. Jones himself, Stephen Stills on guitar. You can’t go wrong with Bill Withers.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD TOP 40 HITS 1971: #134: ‘AIN’T NO SUNSHINE’- BILL WITHERS

  1. the “I knows” were originally place-holders… he was going to put in another verse later, but someone (producer I think ) liked it and convinced to keep it as is. Worked out well – great song and seemed like he was a great man .

    • it did work out great- with the ‘I knows’ can’t imagine the song without them. I was happy to see him get into the Rock Hall of Fame while he was still living.

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