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Price: $225.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

BILL WITHERS - SINGER-SONGWRITER

Autographed original 8” x 10” publicity photograph to bluesman Clyde Robinson c. 1973.  The autograph is contemporary to the photograph, which is quite rare this early.

When one listens to the music of the late Bill Withers (1938 - 2020), it is literally the soundtrack of the ’70’s after you take out the disco music.  Withers, who got a late start in the music world in 1967 at the age of 29 after he was discharged from the Army wrote soulful bluesy songs, despite the noise of the r&b and funk that was added noise to meet the times from his traditional blues songs.  His hits, “Harlem” (1971), “Ain’t No Sunshine” (1971), “Grandma’s Hands” (1971), “Lean on Me” (1972), “Use Me” (1972), “I Wish You Well” (1975), “Lovely Day” (1977), “Just the Two of Us” (1981), and “In the Name of Love” (1984) are just a few of his major hits.  Three of the songs, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Lean on Me” and “In the Name of Love” which he co-wrote and performed with Ralph MacDonald won Grammy Awards in their respective years.  Withers was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.  Interestingly during what turned out to be a very long career, Withers played Carnegie Hall three times, 1972, 1976 and 2015 with “Lean On Him, A Tribute to Bill Withers”.  Few non-classical performers reach that number of engagements there. 

A rare autograph at the time of his greatest hits, (c. 1973) signed at the time.

Note, the photograph is in overall excellent condition, there is a small loss of paper to the bottom border by the “B”, a small tear to the right of Withers  and a little light creaing in the dark area at the bottom of the image.  Despite those imperfections, a sensational blues collectible.

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