July 1972 – a song popular in this month – Lean On Me by Bill Withers
This song has a very broad appeal, as people from just about any background can relate to the lyrics. It was a hit on a variety of formats and did well all over the US and throughout much of the world.
Interesting facts about Lean On Me & Bill Withers
Withers did not record his first song until he was 32 years old. He was in the US Navy for 9 years, then worked at a factory making parts for airplanes.
A dance version was a US #1 hit for Club Nouveau in 1987. It has also been covered by Tina Turner, Tom Jones and Al Green.
Withers was born on the Fourth of July, 1938. He was the youngest of six children.
Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Urban performed a downbeat, emotional version of this song on the charity telethon, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, which was held on January 22, 2010.
When Withers was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, Stevie Wonder (who gave the induction speech and John Legend performed this song). Withers appeared midway through the song and joined in, marking his first high-profile performance since he left the industry in the ’80s.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com