African-Americans in WV

Bill Withers

May 22, 2021

‘The West Virginia Division of Highways has installed a new sign renaming a Raleigh County road in honor of a music legend.  Slab Fork Road between Lester Highway and the Coalfields Expressway is now known as Bill Withers Memorial Road. . .

‘ “Our people take a lot of pride in putting the signs up when we have a road naming. That was especially true of this one because of the way Bill Withers’ songs resonate with our workers. The uplifting messages in some of his songs really helped us get through the last year we’ve had.”

‘Withers, who died in March 2020, is best known for the songs “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day” and “Lean on Me.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.’


April 4, 2020

” ‘Lean On Me’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81″
“Soul legend Bill Withers, known for songs like “Lean On Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died at the age of 81. The three-time Grammy Award winner’s family said he died of heart complications. The singer’s hit “Lean on Me” has been a source of comfort for many…”

(2:36/2020 / CBS This Morning)


“A Conversation With Bill Withers”

“Anna Sale talks to Bill Withers about his music and growing up in West Virginia. In November, Withers returned to his home state to be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. His hits include “Lean On Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Just the Two of Us.”  This segment first aired Dec. 13, 2007, on the program “Outlook.” Russ Barbour co-produced the piece.”

(9:56/2007/WV Public Broadcasting)

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