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Live at Carnegie Hall
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Live album by
ReleasedApril 21, 1973
RecordedOctober 6, 1972
VenueCarnegie Hall in New York
GenreSoul
Length77:09
LabelSussex
ProducerBenorce Blackmon, Bill Withers, James Gadson, Melvin Dunlap, Ray Jackson
Bill Withers chronology
Still Bill
(1972)
Live at Carnegie Hall
(1973)
+'Justments
(1974)

Live at Carnegie Hall is a live album by American soul singer-songwriter and producer Bill Withers. The album was recorded on October 6, 1972, at Carnegie Hall in New York City and released on April 21, 1973, by Sussex Records as a double LP. On October 28, 1997, it was reissued as a single CD by Columbia/Legacy.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceA[5]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Hearing Withers urge the audience on, as drummer James Gadson and pianist-arranger Ray Jackson drive their crack combo, really wipes out the man's MOR aura—nobody else in the music combines hard rhythms and warm sensuality so knowingly. A natural shouter who raises his voice judiciously and a deliberate wryly moralistic rapper, his authority comes through even when you can't see him frowning mildly in his unshowy Saturday-night sports clothes. Two of the five new songs lean on friendship themes, and that's one too many, but the old ones are live indeed. Knockout: the encore, 'Harlem/Cold Baloney,' all 13:07 of it."[3] He was more enthusiastic about the album years later in The Village Voice, arguing that it functions as Withers' "legacy", "far more than best-ofs obliged to respect the career he maintained after this hypercharged 1972 night ... a moment of lost possibility":

Withers sang for a black nouveau middle class that didn't yet understand how precarious its status was. Warm, raunchy, secular, common, he never strove for Ashford & Simpson-style sophistication, which hardly rendered him immune to the temptations of sudden wealth—cross-class attraction is what gives 'Use Me' its kick. He didn't accept that there had to be winners and losers, that fellowship was a luxury the newly successful couldn't afford. Soon sudden wealth took its toll on him while economic clampdown took its toll on his social context. But here he's turned on to be singing to his people—black folks who can afford Carnegie Hall.[5]

Reviewing for AllMusic, Steven McDonald called Live at Carnegie Hall one of the best concert recordings from the 1970s and "a wonderful live album that capitalizes on Withers' trademark melancholy soul sound while expanding the music to fit the room granted by a live show".[2] Daryl Easlea from BBC Music said, "It is up there with James Brown['s] Live at the Apollo 1962, Aretha's Amazing Grace or Van Morrison's It's Too Late To Stop Now for allowing you to truly share the live experience of an artist at their pinnacle."[6] In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked the recording 27th on the magazine's list of the 50 greatest live albums.[7]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Bill Withers; except where indicated

Side 1

  1. "Use Me" – 8:30
  2. "Friend of Mine" – 4:26
  3. "Ain't No Sunshine" – 2:25
  4. "Grandmas's Hands - with Rap" – 5:08

Side 2

  1. "World Keeps Going Around" – 5:08
  2. "Let Me in Your Life - with Rap" – 4:35
  3. "Better Off Dead" – 3:36
  4. "For My Friend" – 2:58

Side 3

  1. "I Can't Write Left Handed" (Withers, Ray Jackson) – 6:52
  2. "Lean On Me" – 5:47
  3. "Lonely Town Lonely Street" – 3:54
  4. "Hope She'll Be Happier" – 4:23

Side 4

  1. "Let Us Love" – 5:21
  2. "Harlem/Cold Baloney" – 13:07

Personnel

  • Bill Withers – vocals, guitar, piano
  • Benorce Blackmon – guitar
  • Melvin Dunlap – bass
  • Ray Jackson – piano, string and horn arrangements
  • James Gadson – drums
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion

Charts

Chart (2020)Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8]97
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[9]47
UK Albums (OCC)[10]80

References

  1. ^ "Live at Carnegie Hall - Bill Withers - Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Live at Carnegie Hall - Bill Withers". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: W". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Coleman, Mark; Edmonds, Ben (2004). "Bill Withers". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 884. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 28, 1999). "Consumer Guide: Cheap Gifts!". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  6. ^ Easlea, Daryl (2009). "Review of Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall". BBC Music. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 29, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bill Withers – Live at Carnegie Hall". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 11, 2020.

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Background information
Birth nameWilliam Harrison Withers Jr.
Born(1938-07-04)July 4, 1938
Slab Fork, West Virginia, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 2020(2020-03-30) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active1970–1985
Labels
Associated actsGrover Washington Jr.
Websitebillwithers.com

William Harrison Withers Jr. (July 4, 1938 – March 30, 2020) was an American singer-songwriter and musician.[1] He recorded several major hits, including "Ain't No Sunshine" (1971), "Grandma's Hands" (1971), "Use Me" (1972), "Lean on Me" (1972), "Lovely Day" (1977), and "Just the Two of Us" (1981). Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for six more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill.[1] He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.[2][3] Two of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Withers worked as a professional musician for just 15 years, from 1970 to 1985, after which he moved on to other occupations.

Early life

Withers, the youngest of six children, was born in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia on July 4, 1938.[4][5] He was the son of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner.[3] He was born with a stutter and later said he had a hard time fitting in.[6] His parents divorced when he was 3, and he was raised by his mother's family in nearby Beckley.[7] He was 13 years old when his father died.[6] Withers enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17,[8] and served for nine years, during which time he became interested in singing and writing songs.[9]

He left the Navy in 1965, and relocated to Los Angeles in 1967 to start a music career.[6][8] Withers worked as an assembler for several different companies, including Douglas Aircraft Corporation, while recording demo tapes with his own money, shopping them around and performing in clubs at night. When he debuted with the song "Ain't No Sunshine" in 1971, he refused to resign from his job because he believed the music business was a fickle industry.[6]

Music career

Sussex Records

Withers smiling and leaning in front of a brick wall
Withers in a 1971 ad for Just as I Am

During early 1970, Withers's demonstration tape was auditioned favorably by Clarence Avant, owner of Sussex Records. Avant signed Withers to a record deal and assigned former Stax Records stalwart Booker T. Jones to produce Withers' first album.[6] Four three-hour recording sessions were planned for the album, but funding caused the album to be recorded in three sessions with a six-month break between the second and final sessions. Just as I Am was released in 1971 with the tracks, "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Grandma's Hands" as singles. The album features Stephen Stills playing lead guitar.[10] On the cover of the album, Withers is pictured at his job at Weber Aircraft in Burbank, California, holding his lunch box.[5]

The album was a success, and Withers began touring with a band assembled from members of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.[11] Withers won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for "Ain't No Sunshine" at the 14th Annual Grammy Awards in 1972. The track had already sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in September 1971.[12]

During a hiatus from touring, Withers recorded his second album, Still Bill. The single, "Lean on Me" went to number one the week of July 8, 1972. It was Withers's second gold single with confirmed sales in excess of three million.[12] His follow-up, "Use Me" released in August 1972, became his third million seller, with the R.I.A.A. gold disc award taking place on October 12, 1972.[12] His performance at Carnegie Hall on October 6, 1972, was recorded, and released as the live album Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall on November 30, 1972. In 1974, Withers recorded the album +'Justments. Due to a legal dispute with the Sussex company, Withers was unable to record for some time thereafter.[13]

"Withers sang for a black nouveau middle class that didn't yet understand how precarious its status was. Warm, raunchy, secular, common, he never strove for Ashford & Simpson-style sophistication, which hardly rendered him immune to the temptations of sudden wealth—cross-class attraction is what gives 'Use Me' its kick. He didn't accept that there had to be winners and losers, that fellowship was a luxury the newly successful couldn't afford. Soon sudden wealth took its toll on him while economic clampdown took its toll on his social context."

Robert Christgau[14]

During this time, he wrote and produced two songs on the Gladys Knight & the Pips album I Feel a Song, and in October 1974 performed in concert together with James Brown, Etta James, and B.B. King in Zaire four weeks prior to the historic Rumble in the Jungle fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.[15] Footage of his performance was included in the 1996 documentary film When We Were Kings, and he is heard on the accompanying soundtrack. Other footage of his performance is included in the 2008 documentary film Soul Power.[16]

Columbia Records

After Sussex Records folded, Withers signed with Columbia Records in 1975.[17] His first album release with the label, Making Music, included the single "She's Lonely", which was featured in the film Looking for Mr. Goodbar along with "She Wants to (Get on Down)". During the next three years he released an album each year with Naked & Warm (1976), Menagerie (1977; containing the successful "Lovely Day"), and 'Bout Love (1978).[18]

Due to problems with Columbia and being unable to get songs approved for his album, he concentrated on joint projects from 1977 to 1985, including "Just the Two of Us", with jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., which was released during June 1980.[19] The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.[20] Withers next released "Soul Shadows" with the Crusaders, and "In the Name of Love" with Ralph MacDonald,[21] the latter being nominated for a Grammy for vocal performance.[20]

In 1982, Withers was a featured vocalist on the album Dreams in Stone by French singer Michel Berger. This record included one composition co-written and sung by Withers,[22] an upbeat disco song about New York City entitled "Apple Pie".[23]

In 1985 came Watching You, Watching Me, which featured the Top 40-rated R&B single "Oh Yeah!", and ended Withers's business association with Columbia Records. Withers stated in interviews that a lot of the songs approved for the album, in particular, two of the first three singles released, were the same songs which were rejected in 1982, hence contributing significantly to the eight-year hiatus between albums.[19] Withers also stated it was frustrating seeing his record label release an album for Mr. T, an actor, when they were preventing him, an actual singer, from releasing his own. He toured with Jennifer Holliday in 1985 to promote what would be his final studio album.[19]

His disdain for Columbia's A&R executives or "blaxperts", as he termed them, trying to exert control over how he should sound if he wanted to sell more albums, played a part in his decision to not record or re-sign to a record label after 1985, effectively ending his performing career, even though remixes of his previously recorded music were released well after his 'retirement'.[6][9][24][25][26] Finding musical success later in life than most, at 32, he said he was socialized as a 'regular guy' who had a life before the music, so he did not feel an inherent need to keep recording once he fell out of love with the industry.[6] After he left the music industry he said that he did not miss touring and performing live and did not regret leaving music behind.[6][9]

Post-Columbia career

In 1988, a new version of "Lovely Day" from the 1977 Menagerie album, entitled "Lovely Day (Sunshine Mix)" and remixed by Ben Liebrand was released. The original release had reached number 7 in the UK in early 1978, and the re-release climbed higher to number 4.[27]

At the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1988, Withers won the Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Song as songwriter for the re-recording of "Lean on Me" by Club Nouveau. This was Withers' ninth Grammy nomination and third win.[8] Withers contributed two songs to Jimmy Buffett's 2004 release License to Chill. Following the reissues of Still Bill on January 28, 2003, and Just As I Am on March 8, 2005, there was speculation of previously unreleased material being issued as a new album.[28] In 2006, Sony gave back to Withers his previously unreleased tapes.[29] In 2007, "Lean on Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[30]

At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014, Bill Withers: The Complete Sussex & Columbia Albums Collection, a nine-disc set featuring Withers's eight studio albums, as well as his live album Live at Carnegie Hall, received the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album (sharing the award with the Rolling Stones' Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965). The award was presented to Leo Sacks, who produced the collection, and the mastering engineers, Mark Wilder, Joseph M. Palmaccio, and Tom Ruff.[31]

Withers standing before a small crowd in a suit
Withers at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015

In 2005, Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[8] In April 2015, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Stevie Wonder. He described the honor as "an award of attrition" and said: "What few songs I wrote during my brief career, there ain't a genre that somebody didn't record them in. I'm not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don't think I've done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia."[6][32] Later that year, a tribute concert in his honor was held at Carnegie Hall featuring Aloe Blacc, Ed Sheeran, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, and Anthony Hamilton. The concert recreated Withers's 1973 concert album, Live at Carnegie Hall, along with some of his other material. Withers was in attendance and spoke briefly onstage.[33][34]

In February 2017, he made an appearance on Joy Reid's MSNBC show to talk about the refugee crisis as well as the political climate in America.[35]

Legacy

Withers was known for his "smooth" baritone vocals and "sumptuous" soul arrangements.[36] He wrote some of the most covered songs of the 1970s, including "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine".[37] The former entered the Hot 100 chart through multiple versions, including Club Nouveau's 1987 cover, which made the Withers-penned composition one of nine songs to have led the chart via different acts.[38] With "Lovely Day", he set the record for the longest sustained note on a chart hit on American charts, holding a high E for 18 seconds.[36] Editors from The Guardian considered that Withers' songs are "some of the most beloved in the American songbook," citing, "'Ain't No Sunshine' is regarded as one of the all-time great breakup tracks, while 'Lean on Me', an ode to the supportive power of friendship ..."[39] For the same newspaper, Alex Petridis noticed "[he] laid pain and paranoia under his deceptively gentle songs, and retired early having conquered gospel, funk, blues, disco and more."[40] In Rolling Stone, writer Andy Greene noticed several of his songs "are embedded in the culture and have been covered countless times."[41]

Writing for The New York Times, Giovanni Russonello considered Withers "[a] soulful singer with a gift for writing understated classics", adding, "the ultimate homespun hitmaker, he had an innate sense of what might make a song memorable, and little interest in excess attitude or accoutrements. Ultimately Withers reminded us that it’s the everyday that is the most meaningful: work, family, love, loss."[42] A Billboard article considered that Withers "stands as one of R&B/soul music's most revered singer-songwriters."[38] In the same magazine, writer Gail Mitchell acknowledged "Withers' legacy has flourished in the decades since, thanks to a cross-section of artists who have covered/sampled his songs or cited him as a major influence."[43] Musician and music journalist Questlove referred to Withers' post-breakup 1974 album +'Justments as "a diary [...] [it] was a pre-reality-show look at his life. Keep in mind this was years before Marvin Gaye did it with Here, My Dear."[6] The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson deemed him "a songwriter's songwriter".[36] Sade,[44] D'Angelo,[45] Justin Timberlake,[46] John Legend[47] and Ed Sheeran[5] have credited Withers as a music inspiration.

Personal life

Bill onstage hugging his daughter and speaking into a microphone
Withers with his daughter Kori at a 2008 tribute concert

Withers married actress Denise Nicholas in 1973, during her stint on the sitcom Room 222.[6] The couple made headlines following reports of domestic violence.[48][49] They divorced in 1974.[50]

In 1976, Withers married Marcia Johnson. They had two children, Todd and Kori.[6] Marcia eventually assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills–based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they became adults.[51]

Death

Withers died from heart complications in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020, at age 81; his family announced his death four days later.[52][53] He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).[54]

Discography

Studio albums
Live albums
Compilation albums
  • The Best of Bill Withers (1975)
  • The Best of Bill Withers (1980)
  • Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (1981)
  • Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers (1994)
  • The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me (2000)
  • The Ultimate Bill Withers Collection (2000)
  • Lovely Day: The Very Best of Bill Withers (2005)
  • Ain't No Sunshine: The Best of Bill Withers (2008)
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Bill Withers (2009)
  • The Essential Bill Withers (2013)

Accolades

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are bestowed by The Recording Academy. Withers has won three Grammys from nine nominations.[55]

Grammy wins and nominations for Bill Withers
YearNominee / workAwardResult
1971"Ain't No Sunshine"Best Rhythm & Blues SongWon
1971Bill WithersGrammy Award for Best New ArtistNominated
1971"Ain't No Sunshine"Best Pop Vocal Performance MaleNominated
1981"Just the Two of Us"Best Rhythm & Blues SongWon
1981"Just the Two of Us"Grammy Award for Song of the YearNominated
1981"Just the Two of Us"Grammy Award for Record of the YearNominated
1981"Just the Two of Us"Best Pop Vocal Performance MaleNominated
1984"In the Name of Love" (feat. Ralph MacDonald)Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceNominated
1987"Lean on Me"Best Rhythm & Blues SongWon

Honors

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