February 1971 – Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

February 1971 – a song popular in this month – Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

This was Withers’ first hit. After spending nine years in the US Navy, he had a job at a factory making parts for airplanes when he was introduced to Booker T. Jones from Booker T. & the MG’s.

Interesting facts about Ain’t No Sunshine & Bill Withers –

“Ain’t No Sunshine” peaked at #3 in the US and won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Song (1972).

On its first release, this song did not chart in the UK, but Michael Jackson’s cover hit #8 there in 1972. Withers original version eventually made its first entry into the UK singles chart in May 2009 after being performed on Britain’s Got Talent by contestant Shaun Smith.

This was used in the movies Girls Town (1996), Notting Hill (1999), Old School (2003) and Munich (2005). TV shows to use the song include Monk (2005), CSI: NY (2009) and Scandal (2013).

Withers was born on the Fourth of July, 1938. He was the youngest of six children.

In 2015, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Stevie Wonder giving the induction speech.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

24 thoughts on “February 1971 – Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

  1. One of my husband’s favourite songs – he is in the habit of playing it whenever he flies away from me and owned up that he had worn out the loop-repeat whilst I was away just now. Thank you … I love it too 🙂

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